A 17-year-old Virginia Beach teenager is now facing murder charges after the death of a 41-year-old man. The man was shot earlier this month on Peregrine Street and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was in his house with his young daughter at the time of the incident.
The teenager was found a short distance from the scene and was taken into custody. He has been charged with murder and the use of a firearm and is currently being held in the Virginia Beach Juvenile Detention Center. Prosecutors consider many factors when determining whether to file formal charges. One of the first things they will consider is the severity of the crime and the evidence of wrongdoing. If the minor has a criminal record or a history of behavioral problems in the past, court officers may be more likely to file formal charges against them. The minor’s age, attitude, and the ability of the parents to care for their child will also be considered.
Next month, there will be a hearing at which a judge will decide whether to charge the teenager as an adult. Those accused of juvenile crime may face long-term consequences. This is particularly true for juveniles facing serious charges such as murder, as they can be tried as adults. Juvenile court is very different than adult court. In juvenile court, a judge will likely hear the evidence and make a decision as to the defendant’s guilt. In adult court, criminal cases are typically decided by a jury.
A young person facing serious charges may feel like all hope is lost. Fortunately, there are many professionals available for advice and counsel. With a strong support system, a young person and his or her advisers will be able to come up with a solid strategy to deal with the case at hand.
Source: WTKR, “UPDATE: Teen charged with murder in shooting death of Virginia Beach man,” Becca Mitchell and Brendan Ponton, Dec. 2, 2014