The New York Times reports that a 12-year-old boy was taken into custody on March 1 in Burlington, Colorado on suspicion of killing both of his parents and severely wounding his younger brother and sister. He is currently being held in a juvenile facility.
According to Colorado authorities, the boy’s parents were discovered dead in their home after local police received a phone call from the boy, who reported that shorts had been fired. The cause of death for the couple has not yet been officially released, but 9 News reports that they both suffered gunshot wounds.
The boy’s 5-year-old sister and 9-year-old brother were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment and later transported to The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where they are listed in critical condition. According to 9 News, the girl had knife injuries on her neck and back. The 9-year-old boy also had knife injuries and was shot. It is believed both children will make a full recovery.
According to 13th District Attorney Bob Watson, the boy is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his parents, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly injuring his siblings. Charges are expected to be filed on March 4. Authorities have not named any other suspects in the Colorado violent crimes case, and Watson has stated he believes the correct person is in their custody.
What is unclear is whether Watson will ask a judge to consider charging the 12-year-old as an adult. Legally, the boy can’t be charged as an adult because he is under age 14. It is up to the juvenile court system to determine whether the boy can be charged as an adult. However, under Colorado state law, anyone age 12 or older can be charged as an adult for particularly serious felonies.
Watson has stated he has not decided whether he will take the necessary steps to have the 12-year-old tried as an adult. He says the next steps will be to meet with the boy’s family to determine their family history as well as the maturity and psychology of the boy.
Violent crime cases are incredibly complex, particularly when a juvenile is involved. The penalties for these types of crimes can be severe, which is why it is crucial to have experienced legal representation on your side. Colorado juvenile murder defense attorney Timothy Bussey at The Bussey Law Firm P.C. has the skill to successfully defend your legal rights if you have been charged with a violent crime in Colorado, either as an adult or juvenile. Call 719-475-2555 to learn more.