Charges against the teenage boy accused of killing eight-year-old Marty Cobb and sexually assaulting Cobb's sister have been certified to circuit court, where the teen will be tried as an adult.
Mairese Washington could now face a circuit court judge or jury on a second degree murder charge for the death of Marty Cobb, and strangulation and malicious wounding charges in the alleged sexual assault of Cobb's 12-year-old sister, whom he was trying to save. The ruling came after about two hours of testimony and deliberation by the judge.
Tensions ran high outside the courtroom as both relatives of the Cobb children and the family of suspect Mairese Washington awaited the judge's ruling.
Washington was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cobb, but Monday a judge ruled the evidence did not give enough probable cause to show premeditation in the killing, which is required for the first-degree count.
Now, the charges are certified to circuit court, where prosecutors say they'll seek indictments from the grand jury on July 7th. Because of his age, the murder charge brought against the 16-year-old means he is being tried as an adult.
Marty Cobb's aunt told us Monday, it was too hard for the children's mother to be in court. She says Cobb's sister, who he was trying to save, is doing ok and therapy is really helping. While she is not allowed to go back to her home right now, relatives are able to speak to her every once in a while.
Mairese Washington’s family did not have any comment while walking to and from the courthouse Monday. This isn't the first time the family has had to come to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
In addition to the malicious wounding charge we were first to tell you about, where the then-twelve-year-old bludgeoned a three-year-old with a hammer, Washington's mother, Faith Turner, has also been in trouble with the law.
According to court records, in 2008 when Washington was 10-years-old, Turner was charged with child neglect. She had allegedly left her son alone. Documents show Turner told police she went to pay some bills and was only gone for ten or fifteen minutes. The Richmond mom was ordered to take parenting classes and completed them in March of 2009.
Prosecutors say they still have the option of trying to get a first degree murder indictment against Washington, however, they have not had the time to make that decision just yet.
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