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Teen to be tried as an adult in Baton Rouge murder case

Here is a shocking story about a teen in Baton Rouge who has been accused of killing his friend. The 19-year-old friend recently died, leading to more serious charges against the 16-year-old male. This kind of murder is nearly unbelievable, especially because the two people involved were friends before an accident led them to this tragic outcome. According to the news from May 20, the teen being charged will now face his trial as an adult.

According to the story, the 16-year-old man is now facing murder charges due to the fact that the 19-year-old, who had previously been on life-support, passed away at the hospital. The two boys had been playing with a handgun when the 19-year-old male was shot in the head by the 16-year-old, according to the news. There is no indication that the 16-year-old had been malicious or was attempting to kill the teen, and police did not report either of the boys as having prior arrests or accusations against them.

The 16-year-old male has been in juvenile detention for attempted second-degree murder, despite the fact that the situation could have been accidental. When the 19-year-old male recently passed away, those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder, according to the story. That could lead to a number of harsh penalties for the 16-year-old man, some of which could include time in prison for the death of his friend.

The teen is now pleading not guilty to the charge, and he has a motions hearing that is scheduled in August. He is currently being charged as an adult, which could have serious implications for his future.

Source: WBRZ, "Teen faces upgraded charges in shooting" Brock Sues, May. 20, 2014

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