Crime & Courts

Juvenile or adult? Decision on teen charged with murders set for March 4

A 15-year-old boy won't find out until March whether he will stand trial as an adult on two counts of murder.

Sedgwick County District Judge Bruce Brown on Thursday set a March 4 hearing in juvenile court on a motion for adult prosecution stemming from a double homicide in Wichita over Thanksgiving.

Brown also granted requests by the boy's lawyer for a psychological evaluation.

"Among the many things the court has to consider (are) several factors... such as sophistication and maturity," court-appointed lawyer Steve Mank wrote in his motion.

Mank also received permission to hire his own investigator, at the county's expense, in helping prepare his arguments for leaving the case in juvenile court.

The county funds defense costs for juveniles who can't afford to hire their own attorneys.

The boy 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 uninjured.

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

In his motion to try the boy as an adult, Deputy District Attorney Ron Paschal said the boy "has a previous history of antisocial behavior or patterns of physical violence."

"There are no (juvenile) facilities or programs available which are likely to rehabilitate the (teenager)," Paschal added.

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

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