Teen charged in referee's death will not fight facts of charge
But media group files motion fighting blanket closure of Monday certification hearing
Hornak previously granted a request from state prosecutors to keep Teran in custody pending the decision of which court will ultimately handle the case. Prosecutor Patricia Cassell argued in June that she feared the teenager might be a flight risk and pointed to the fact that he left the scene of the crime despite being asked to stay.
Defense attorney Monte Sleight said at the time that the idea of his client being a flight risk or danger to the community is “beyond the pale” and that his client has no criminal history or record. He said the case should remain in the juvenile court system because Teran is a junior in high school who made a snap judgment.
If the case stays in the juvenile court system, Teran could only be held until the age of 21. If moved to the adult court system, the teenager could face possible prison time.
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