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Hearing set to try ML boy as adult

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:00 am

EPHRATA - Both prosecution and defense asked for another delay for a hearing to determine whether or not a 14-year-old Moses Lake boy will be tried as an adult in the shooting of his parents.

The next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9 at the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center in Ephrata.

Grant County Assistant Prosecutor Steven Johnson and defense attorney Lylianne Couture said expert witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing were not ready in a status hearing held Monday. The prosecution's witness determined he wanted to talk to the boy's parents, Johnson said. Couture said the defense's expert witness also asked for more time.

Both attorneys suggested Sept. 9 for the new hearing date, and Judge Pro Tem Carl Warring agreed.

The boy is accused of shooting his mother and father, Elizabeth and Jon Brooks, March 8 after being disciplined. According to the police report, the boy broke into a locked gun case and removed a .22 caliber pistol, loaded it and went into his parents' bedroom. He shot them both as they lay in bed, according to the police report.

The boy's mother and father were transported to out-of-area hospitals.

The boy was charged with two counts of attempted murder and remains in custody. The court has granted visitation rights to the parents, but the visits must be supervised and no one can discuss the case.

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  • local reader posted at 10:14 am on Fri, Aug 30, 2013.

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    He is a boy!! In my opinion, I think trying kids as adults is a terrible idea. Their minds are not fully formed and their actions are not well thought out. Not to mention, they have less life experience and they often have been in bad circumstances their entire short life. There may be better ways to address this troubled youth, but locking him up for his entire life only helps people who do not care about anyone except themselves and having a society free of people they do not like. I think our justice system needs complete overhaul and all judicial authorities need to be un-elected, changed, and then a whole new civil administration needs to be put in. I believe these people are the minority and they are holding the majority of our citizens in Grant County hostage and locking them away.