If the investigation reveals evidence that she was not a hostage forced at
gunpoint herself to drive the getaway car, then charging her as an adult is
automatic as the appropriate charges *begin* with conspiracy to commit murder,
aiding and abetting murder, and aiding and abetting attempted murder. Because
the killing spree targeted uniformed police officers there are already extreme
aggravators in play here and, were she 18, the prosecution would/could/should
seek the death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court had determined that her birth
date gets her a reprieve, but she should still end up with several consecutive
@carman--I agree she is old enough to know what she was doing, and if she was
participating freely, then yes, she should be locked up if convicted. Probably
part of what the investigators are trying to determine is if the gun was being
pointed at her, too, with the threat of "do what I tell you, or you are
next." I am surprised there is no mention about her family being notified.
Even if she went willingly with the shooter from CA, she may not have been a
willing participant in that day's awful turn of events. She may just be a
very frightened girl, coerced and carjacked, or maybe a run-away that
doesn't want to return to a bad situation, or maybe he persuaded her that
they should run away together (so romantic). Because she is being held, it looks
like there is some level of involvement. I sincerely hope her life has not been
ruined at 17. Many lives were turned upside down with these tragic
events. Condolences, healing, and peace to all grieving families and friends
An officer died. A 17-year old is well aware that what was going on was wrong.
If she was driving, she should stay locked up, and if convicted, remain locked
up for DECADES.
The day after this happened I saw a highway patrol on I-15 stopped to help
change a tire. After this story I was thinking they might be afraid to help any
more of that policy might prevent it. I felt quiet admiration for the officer
who stopped to help.