Teens accused of attempted murder of Smithfield girl make first appearance in adult court

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – The two teens accused of the attempted murder of a 14 year-old Smithfield girl made their first appearance in adult court in Logan Thursday afternoon.

Jayzen Decker, 16, and Colter Peterson,16, are accused of planning and attempting to kill 14 year-old Deserea Turner in February.  Turner who was shot in the head survived but will suffer with brain and health problems for the rest of her life. 

Although the teens are minors their names can be released because they are being tried as adults however, the judge in today’s hearing would not allow video or pictures to be taken of the two boys.  

After days of witness testimony a juvenile court judge ruled that both teens should be tried as adults and bound them over to adult court.  

The two teens went before a judge Thursday afternoon where they were arraigned and read the charges.  Both teens are facing 1 count of aggravated attempted murder, 1 count of aggravated robbery, and four counts of obstruction of justice.  

The attorney for Decker asked the judge to set bail for his client which the prosecution vehemently argued against citing the severity of the charges and that a juvenile court judge had ruled that no bail be set for the two.

The defense attorney for Colter Petersen will be replaced by Michael McGinnis, David Perry represented Peterson in the juvenile court proceedings.  

Both juveniles will be held in a juvenile detention facility until further notice.  

On Wednesday the prosecution said they would like this case to move as fast as possible for the Turner family.  ABC4 News asked whether a plea bargain was in the works.  Cache County Attorney James Swink said, “If we can resolve it short of a trial and that would move along the case faster for the family obviously we’ll consider.  But in this matter there’s serious charges and we’re not certain it will be resolved with a negotiated settlement.  If that will assist the family moving to closure and there’s a proper agreement, then we can settle it that way.  We won’t exclude the possible but hopefully we can move this matter as fast as possible for the victims in this case.” 

Both teens will make an initial court appearance in front of two different judges next week.  ABC4 News will continue to update this story as the case moves forward.  

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