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DA will argue 14-year-old should face murder trial as an adult
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DA will argue 14-year-old should face murder trial as an adult

DA will argue 14-year-old should face murder trial as an adult

DA will argue 14-year-old should face murder trial as an adult

Prosecutors go to court Wednesday to argue against putting a murder suspect back into the juvenile system.

Investigators say Joshua Mooney murdered Mary Escue in December of last year 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.

His next move was to drive to Sapulpa, where he picked up two men he didn't know and told them he wanted to find some marijuana.

This all occurred at the end of a 16-month period of truancy, theft, animal cruelty, assaults, weapon violations and more -- a spiral downward that his mother, teachers, counselors, psychiatrists, police and the courts could not combine to stop.

Now, his attorney wants a reverse waiver.

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.

They can request a reverse waiver to be returned to the juvenile justice system.

In the brief filed by Tulsa County prosecutors, they argue that Mooney's case does not fulfill any of the requirements to obtain such a reverse waiver.

The hearing is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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