14 year-old Shooting Suspect To Make First Court Appearance

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SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The 14 year-old boy accused of shooting a 16 year-old boy in head will make his initial court appearance Thursday morning in West Jordan.

The 14 year-old will be in a West Jordan Juvenile Courtroom at 10:00 this morning.  A search warrant showed the two teens exchanged messages over Facebook about wanting to fight.  On Tuesday, October 25th, the two teens met up near Union Middle School near 615 E, 8000 S.  

The warrant stated during the argument the 16 year-old victim told the 14 year-old to shoot him and reunite him with his deceased mother.  The teen then allegedly shot the victim once knocking him down and then two more times as he stood over him.  

The 14 year-old’s attorney had requested to keep the media from attending any future proceedings in his client’s case in juvenile court.  That request was filed two weeks ago but a judge ruled against the motion.  

A media attorney says the law’s on the public’s side whenever a minor 14 years or older, faces serious felony charges.  

“I’m on behalf of the news media to enforce their presumptive right to attend, report on, explain these proceedings in the juvenile system to the public so that they understand them and to prevent the misconception of secrecy,” said Austin Ritter.  

The District Attorney’s Office is looking to charge the teen as an adult.  He is facing charges including attempted aggravated burglary.  

A spokesperson for the Canyon School District has said the 16 year-old is expected to recover.  He is conscious and alert but can’t talk.  

Good4Utah will have more details on this case as it unfolds.  

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