RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney is considering charges against the juvenile arrested in connection to the death of Lucia Bremer.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s Shannon Taylor’s office told 8News that the law allows her office to charge the juvenile as an adult.
8News also spoke with Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney Vaughan Jones who agreed, saying the young suspect could be transferred to adult criminal court.
He said in Virginia, juveniles that are 14 and older and charged with any offense that would be a felony, if committed by an adult, could be tried in adult criminal court.
In certain types of offenses, like murder, the juvenile court could automatically transfer the case to adult court if there is a showing of probable cause.
After arraignment, juvenile court will then conduct a probable cause, or transfer hearing.
In Virginia, all homicides are presumed to be second-degree murder, but Jones said the Commonwealth could elect to charge a higher grade of homicide at a later date.
The suspect in the killing of Lucia Bremer, a juvenile male, was taken into custody by Henrico Police early Saturday afternoon after they got petitions for second-degree murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm of a juvenile.
No decisions have been made, but a source tells 8News the suspect could be arraigned as soon as Monday morning.
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