NEW STANTON, Pa. — The attorney representing a Pennsylvania teenager accused of killing his mother and younger brother says the case should be moved to juvenile court.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Westmoreland County public defender said Thursday in a hearing that psychological tests indicates that the 15-year-old defendant is amenable to treatment in the juvenile system.
District Attorney John Peck says a mental health specialist hired by the prosecution is expected to testify that he can receive proper treatment in prison and the case should remain in adult court.
The youth faces first-degree murder and criminal homicide charges in the November 2016 shootings in New Stanton that killed 46-year-old Dana Remaley and her 8-year-old son Caleb.
Public Defender Wayne McGrew declined to reveal details about the mental health diagnosis after the hearing.
Information from: Tribune-Review, http://triblive.com