On Tuesday, two teen boys in Utah were charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The girl was shot in the back of the head and left for dead last week.
The two boys, both 16, were arrested over the weekend. They each have been charged with one felony count of first-degree attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. In addition, the teens have each been charged with four second-degree felony counts of obstructing justice.
People reports that the two teen boys lured the young girl to a dry canal bed located in Smithfield, Utah. Court records show that they got the girl to meet them by pretending they were going to sell her a knife.
The county attorney states that he plans on placing a motion before the judge to try both the teen boys as adults. Because the boys are minor’s, information pertaining to their attorneys and pleas are not available. Both boys remain in custody. Their identities are not being released because they are minors.
The victim, 14, a ninth grader at a Utah high school, was discovered semi-conscious in the dry canal about 90 miles from Salt Lake City on Friday. She was reported missing by her parents the previous evening, reports the Toronto Sun.
Jill Parker, a spokesperson for the girl’s family says the teen remains in critical condition. She is currently in a medically induced coma. Parker says that the girl is in the fight of her life.
The victim’s family publicly thanked Utah law enforcement and the staff at the hospital for their assistance. The family also thanked the community for its support and prayers in their time of need.
The family released a statement saying that they knew God was watching over their daughter. They stated that they knew God heard their prayers and could see his work as their daughter continues to make progress.
According to Utah police, the initial plan of the teen boys was to rob the victim and stab her to death. One of the boys decided to use a 22-caliber revolver that he brought to the scene with him. The boy told authorities he brought the gun with him as a backup weapon in case their original plan failed.
While being interviewed by police, the teen that confessed to bringing the gun admitted to shooting the victim at close range. He told officials that he stole the victim’s cell phone and iPod from her pocket. The other teen took $55 from the victim’s wallet and “forcibly” took off the girl’s backpack, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
Allegedly after robbing the girl, the teen boys tossed the victim’s backpack in a dumpster at a Utah city park. According to court documents, the teens destroyed the victim’s phone and iPod.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Smithfield City Police Department