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Hearing set for 15-year-old in Thanksgiving double homicide

WICHITA — Sedgwick County District Judge Bruce Brown this morning set a March 4 hearing to determine whether a 15-year-old boy should stand trial as an adult, charged with murder.

The boy's lawyer, Steve Mank, asked for a psychological evaluation and for county funds to hire his own investigator in helping him prepare his case for leaving the boy in juvenile court.

Prosecutor Ron Paschal will present evidence in the March hearing on why the boy should be tried as an adult. He is accused of participating in the shootings of a couple whose bodies were found on Thanksgiving Day.

He is the third person charged in the killing of Pharon Adrian Jackson, 26, and Jessie Foust, 25. The couple's two young children were left in the house unharmed.

Also charged are Sam Holton, 18, and Trevor Cox, 17. Cox faces a hearing on a motion for adult prosecution early next year.

The 15-year-old remains in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility without bond. He was accompanied to court by his mother.

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