Fifteen-year-old Charged with Second-Degree Murder
According to the Phoenix Police Department, early Tuesday morning, a seventeen-year-old (17) boy was shot in the head outside his home in West Phoenix and later died from his injuries. Around midnight, Officers responded to calls from neighbors around 67th Avenue and Indian School Road reporting gun shots. Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump said the victim’s mother was home at the time of the shooting, but it was unclear whether any other family members were at the residence. The boy was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition, and later died at the hospital. Police received several leads and have arrested a fifteen-year-old (15) male, whose name has not yet been released, but was said to be an acquaintance of the victim. The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1104, “A person commits second-degree murder if without premeditation: (1) The person intentionally causes the death of another person . . . .” Under Arizona law, second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony, and carries a mandatory prison sentence of ten (10) to twenty-two (22) years in prison.
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