15-year old to be tried as an adult

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1377228163&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4239236&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1377228163 type=script]RAGLAND, Ala. (WIAT)- Dillon Salers is fifteen years old on paper, but in the eyes of a St. Clair County judge he has committed adult crimes. Salers is charged in the hanging death of his nine-year old sister, Katelynn Arnold. A hearing that started on Monday, concluded Wednesday evening, and resulted in the adjudication that he will stand trial as an adult. “It was such a cruel and heinous crime,” says Ragland Police Chief James Brown, adding, “According to the forensic psychologist, he was mentally competent and had an average IQ for a kid his age.”

Charles Salvagio has defended many capital murder inmates, and he says the approach is no different for a juvenile or an adult. “It doesn’t really change. You defend someone whether they’re an adult or a semi-juvenile,” he said.

Even if convicted, Salers cannot face the death penalty because he is younger than sixteen. No trial date has been set.

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