Often minors who are arrested and charged with crimes are prosecuted as minors. However, in some cases in Arizona, prosecutors opt to charge a defendant as an adult regardless of age. Many factors may play into the decision to do this. This is actually the decision that has been made in a current case in Coconino County involving a defendant who is only 15 years old.
The young man faces a misdemeanor charge for attempted possession of pot as well as three felony charges. Two of the felony charges are for armed robbery and one is for murder in the first degree. The incident that led to these charges took place in early March at a recreational center in Sunnyville. It is alleged that the defendant met with two other people in a restroom in order to purchase drugs. During the meeting, the defendant is accused of killing one of the two other men by shooting him.