A 14-year-old girl who prosecutors say was purposely shot in the head by someone she considered a friend continues to recover, even as both boys charged in connection with the shooting were bound over to face trial this week.
Deserae Turner’s father read a statement from the family Wednesday at the conclusion of the preliminary examination held for the second of two defendants.
“We continue to be hopeful for improvements in our daughter’s condition,” Matt Turner said. “She has undergone a tough surgery and continues to fight for the ability to complete daily tasks that many of us take for granted. As of today she has been admitted to inpatient rehab services and will continue to undergo intensive therapies.”
The second of two defendants charged in the shooting of Deserae Turner was bound over for trial on all six charges against him Wednesday after witnesses took the stand for the second time in two days.
Wednesday’s hearing concludes the process of establishing probable cause for the arrest of two 16-year-old males who were charged in 1st District Juvenile Court with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice.
According to police testimony, the defendant who appeared before the judge today encouraged his friend to “get rid” of 14-year-old Turner after he complained about the text messages he was receiving from her.
This defendant was described by detectives as being very confrontational and defiant during his interview with police, flipping off the camera and throwing a cup at the door.
Cache County Attorney James Swink said this young man was not cooperative during the interview, and he made numerous statements that police were unable to corroborate. He is just as responsible for the shooting as his friend who pulled the trigger, Swink said.
Defense attorney Shannon Demler vehemently argued against the bind over, saying his client’s friend is “a self-serving liar.”
“No one saw my client with her, there is no testimony that he was ever with her prior to the canal, and there was no communication with her,” Demler said. “They came up with this thing that this was a big scheme and a big plan … but there is no evidence in any form.”
Demler pointed out that his client’s friend is the one who had the knives and the gun, the money was found at his home, as were bullets for the gun.
“He is a murderer, first of all; that is what he is, a murderer and a liar,” Demler said.
He referred to interviews with police in which the shooter first said his friend was not involved, and a second interview where he implicated Demler’s client.
Now that both boys have been bound over, they will remain in detention until early May when hearings will be held to determine whether their cases should remain in juvenile court or be bound over to adult court.