Two 16-year old boys in Utah charged with attempted murder and other counts on Tuesday might be tried as adults, after they allegedly shot a 14-year old girl in the head and left her in an empty canal in Smithfield, Utah last week.
Charging documents in the case allege that the shooting was a plot to murder Deserae Turner.
In 1st District Court, the boys were charged with one count each of first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. The boys were also charged with four counts of second-degree felony obstructing justice.
The boys were arrested over the weekend and are being held at a juvenile-detention facility.
Last Thursday, Turner was reported missing, and on early Friday morning, she was found in the canal by people who knew her and were looking for her. She had been shot in the head and was “gravely injured,” Smithfield Police Chief Travis Allen revealed during a Tuesday morning news conference.
A family spokeswoman said the girl is in a medically induced coma, in critical condition at a Salt Lake City area hospital.
“She is in the fight of her life right now,” Jill Parker said.
Prosecutors in the case allege that the boys lured Turned to the canal, where she was shot, under the disguise of selling her a knife.
“Police were advised that the original plan was to murder [the girl] using knives,” Cache County Attorney James Swink wrote in charging documents.
The two boys each carried a knife to the meeting place, one of the teens told the police. The teen also said that he carried a .22-caliber revolver as a “secondary weapon,” if the original plan failed. The same teen also admitted to shooting Turner in the back of the head, according to the charging documents. He later penned a written apology to Turner’s family saying he was “so so so sorry.”
The two teens planned to steal from the girl after they killed her, according to charging documents. Following the shooting, the boys allegedly took Turner’s backpack, cellphone and iPod, along with money from her purse.
The other teen reportedly took the spent casing from the crime scene as a “memento,” according to prosecutors.
The second teen was also interview by police. His interview eventually ended after he invoked to his right to an attorney.
Prosecutors noted that footprints near the canal matched the treads on the bottoms of the shoes that the boys were wearing that day.