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Judge reverses himself, says 14-year-old murder suspect to be tried as an adult
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Judge reverses himself, says 14-year-old murder suspect to be tried as an adult

Judge reverses himself, says 14-year-old murder suspect to be tried as an adult

Judge reverses himself, says 14-year-old murder suspect to be tried as an adult

A Tulsa judge has reversed himself and now says 14-year-old murder suspect Joshua Mooney will be tried as an adult.

Court documents show the judge believes there is not a reasonable likelihood of rehabilitation if Mooney is found to be guilty.

The judge says a video showing 15-year-old Joshua Mooney joking about the crime, pointing his finger to his head like a gun, and saying "headshot" was a big factor in his decision.

Prosecutors say Mooney murdered Mary Escue in December 2012 in her parents' Jenks home.

She had interrupted a burglary, according to court documents, and Mooney, who was 14 years old at the time, pointed a rifle at her which he'd found in the home.

He marched to a chair, had her sit down, then shot her in the head, ignoring her pleas for mercy -- something he reportedly admitted to police.

After the murder,  he finished burglarizing the home, taking money and guns, then stole Escue's car.

In Oklahoma, a person charged with first-degree murder automatically faces the adult justice system if they were 13  or older at the time of the offense.

Mooney's attorney requested and originally received a reverse waiver to have Mooney returned to the juvenile justice system.

 

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