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Thursday, August 21, 2008

15-Year-Old Charged in Judkins Park Shooting

posted by on August 21 at 11:36 AM

King County Prosecutors have filed charges against a 15-year-old boy for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man in the Central District last week.

According to court records, the 15-year-old approached the man as he was getting in to his car on 26th and Dearborn and fired several shots, striking the man in the head. The man was able to flee from the scene.

Court documents say the 20-year-old man had an “ongoing conflict” with the boy, who lives two blocks away from where the shooting took place.

The boy is being charged with assault and unlawful possession of a firearm and records indicate he has previously been convicted on drug and auto theft charges.

Prosecutors will hold a hearing on August 29th to discuss whether to charge the 15-year-old as an adult

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Fuck yeah charge the kid. 15 years old is old enough to know better than to attack people.

Posted by Angelika | August 21, 2008 11:39 AM

An aside from this messed-up situation: Knowing what the maturity level of the average 20 year old is like, I find it amusing to see a 20 year old referred to as a "man".

Looks like the culmination of a dispute between two kids to me.

Posted by Gomez | August 21, 2008 11:39 AM

Charge them both. Why not?

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 21, 2008 11:43 AM

Sue everybody!

Posted by Ziggity | August 21, 2008 11:49 AM

Thug life!

Posted by john cocktosin | August 21, 2008 11:59 AM

why is a 20 year old beefing with a 15 year old?

Posted by max solomon | August 21, 2008 12:00 PM

I'm counting down the minutes until we see fools jump into this thread arguing that "15 year olds don't know what they're doing! He needs help, not jail!"

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | August 21, 2008 12:08 PM

My 2 cents - he oughta be charged with attempted murder, but prosecuted as a juvenile.

Posted by Mr. X | August 21, 2008 12:28 PM

Why on earth would someone think that they should resort to shooting someone? Did he really think that it wouldnt get him in trouble, that he wouldnt get caught? What a fucking idiot. I'd like to know who his parents are and what they have to say for themselves.

Posted by catnextdoor | August 21, 2008 12:33 PM

I agree with #8. At 15 you do kinda know better but you don't have the same brain function as an adult. Scientifically, they don't have fully developed functioning and reasoning skills.

Hence why we charge adults different than kids. Jesus. Put him in Juvie, and send him through therapy so he can be a good citizen when he gets out.

Posted by Original Monique | August 21, 2008 12:34 PM

i agree with #8 too.

Posted by sepiolida | August 21, 2008 12:42 PM

Morality/ethics aside, if KCPAO files attempted murder or assault 2 with a deadly weapon enhancement, the statute dictates that he's charged as an adult.

And while you're certainly right about the biology Original Monique @10, you may not have spent a lot of time around juvie. The recidivism rates for their violent offenders are extremely high, even with therapy, etc. Not sayin' that adult prison's would do him much better, of course....

Posted by Hooray For the Kids! | August 21, 2008 12:45 PM

Why does Slog post about in-city shootings? It's like, you want to pretend to cover real news, but only if it happens in Cap Hill, Belltown, or the CD.

I mean, more serious crimes than attempted murder happen in the metro area, but you won't see it in the Slog or Stranger.

Posted by K | August 21, 2008 12:58 PM

Of course this kid should be charged as an adult. After all, we give 15 year-olds all the same rights, privileges, and respect as adults, so why not punish them that way?

Posted by Brandon J. | August 21, 2008 1:42 PM

Who the hell gave a fifteen year old a gun?

Posted by Stinky | August 21, 2008 1:49 PM

What the hell are you talking about, K?

Posted by Jonah S | August 21, 2008 2:39 PM

The 20 year old was about to drive a car so he was probably going to inconvenience a bicyclist and pollute the Earth so he HAD to be shot.

Posted by elswinger | August 21, 2008 3:26 PM

i'd rather charge him as a juvenile, but have a harsher sentence with stricter requirements. why are juvie and adult the only options? can't we charge him based on age, and sentence based on age? he's not an adult, but he's not a child either.

Posted by infrequent | August 21, 2008 3:59 PM

@12--Actually, the statute (RCW 13.04.030) says that adult court automatically has jurisdiction over those charges if the person charged is 16 or 17. If he's 15, either charge requires the juvenile court judge to decide whether the case will be tried as an adult or juvenile.

Posted by Gidge | August 21, 2008 5:21 PM

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