A Los Angeles court will decide whether a 15-year-old alleged gang member should stand trial as an adult for murder, according to a news report in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The defendant, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, is one of two people charged in the April 4 robbery and murder of 27-year-old Garrett Norris of Long Beach. Norris was killed after he tried to stop the two alleged gang members from running off with his belongings including an iPod. Norris was reportedly shot in the chest.
The 15-year-old boy was arrested within a few days of the homicide in California. Police also arrested a second suspect, 24-year-old Tyree Tradell Joyner of Long Beach. Joyner is facing the same special circumstance murder charge as the 15-year-old. The teen is scheduled to have a fitness hearing – which is normally used to determine whether a minor should be tried as an adult.
The Southern California juvenile crime attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff know and understand that immediate intervention by an attorney can often prevent a criminal matter from proceeding to juvenile court or minimize the potential serious consequences that can come from juvenile detention. Each of our partners is a former Deputy District Attorney previously assigned to the Juvenile Justice System. Attorney Steve Sitkoff is a former Superior Court Commissioner who handled juvenile dependency cases.
We will put our experience and knowledge to good use and help you get the best possible result in your case. Handling California juvenile crime cases not only requires experience and knowledge, but also understanding and sensitivity. We understand that this must be a tough time for your family emotionally. If your child has been accused of a crime in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties, please call Takakjian & Sitkoff at 866-299-4111 for a free consultation.