Serious charge such as murder could mean trying child as adult
Published 12/02/2009, The Daily Republic
Although a state prosecutor association keeps no statistics on the number of South Dakota juveniles prosecuted as adults, the group’s executive director said teens involved in homicide cases often stand trial as adults.
“It has been my experience, if it involves a serious charge such as murder, the person will be charged as an adult,” said Charles Schroyer, executive director of the South Dakota State’s Attorney Association.
Three weeks after a Mitchell girl was found dead in the trunk of a car, prosecutors are considering whether to try a second suspect as an adult.