LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Cache Valley teen accused of shooting Deserae Turner in the back of the head will be tried as an adult.
Wednesday’s ruling involving the 16-year-old suspect comes two days after a judge announced Jayzen Decker, 16, will also be tried in adult court for the attempted murder.
“Therefore, the defendant, Colter Peterson will be bound over to district court and held to answer in the same manner as an adult,” Judge Angela Fonnsbeck said in court.
Judge Fonnsbeck said the 16-year-old is a substantial danger to the community.
“The defendant intentionally aimed a gun at the victim, pulled the trigger and shot her. The defendant then robbed what he thought was a dead or dying woman, going through her pockets to find a phone and an iPod,” Fonnsbeck said.
The judge says Deserae Turner and her family will likely never recover physically, emotionally or financially.
“The Turners are strong people and they’re doing the very best they can to keep some sort of normalcy in their own life with a lot of changes,” Cache County Attorney James Swink said.
“Colter talked about remorse and how sorry he was,” Juvenile Defense Attorney David Perry said.
Perry disagrees with the judge’s ruling, arguing it is unfair that his 16-year-old client won’t stay in the juvenile system.
“I think what happened today is a travesty,” Perry said.
Peterson and Decker could face up to life in prison if convicted of attempted murder. They are also charged with aggravated robbery and other crimes. Both will be arraigned Thursday.