Knowing right from wrong is something I believe is ingrained in human beings. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but I really do believe that the average human person knows right from wrong. Doing a good deed and helping others—these things are ingrained within us since we are born. A study showed that when children were asked to choose between two stuffed animals to give a cookie to, the infants were much more likely to give the cookie to the doll that had fewer cookies. Moreover, when a scene was played showcasing one doll getting picked on, the infants were even more likely to give the cookie to the the bullied doll.
Even at such a young age, knowing right from wrong is a part of our nature.
So when a young girl was shot in the back of the head by two teenagers, many called for the youth to be tried as adults.
Deserae Turner is a 14-year-old girl who is currently in a medically induced coma due to the fact that two 16 year old boys conspired to ‘get rid of her.’
This malicious attack was based on the boys’ claims that she was sending too many Snapchat messages to one of the accused.
The girl’s father, in an interview, said that Deserae began intensive rehabilitation therapy and that the family is hopeful she will continue recovering.
He also stated that: ‘She has undergone a tough surgery and continues to fight for the ability to complete daily tasks many of us take for granted.’
The two boys discussed over video games their plan to ‘get rid’ of Deserae. One of the boys commented ‘well, you’ve got a 6-inch blade, why don’t you do it yourself?’
The males from a small town of Smithfield in Logan, Utah, lured Deserae to a dry canal and planned to slit her throat.
Their original plan fell through when they couldn’t go through with the cruel deed so they lured her to the canal a second time.
Once again, they wanted to slit her throat but couldn’t bring themselves to do it so they brought a backup weapon in the form of a gun. The boy who shoot her took the gun from under his brother’s mattress according to a police statement.
They shot her in the back of the head and left her to die in an isolated ditch where she wasn’t found until she was reported missing later that night.
Both teens have been ordered to stand trial at a juvenile court. One for committing the shooting and the other for helping his friend in conspiring the attempted murder.
The shooter’s horrific explanation of this egregious crime was: ‘I just didn’t want anything to do with Snapchatting her anymore.’
The 16-year-old men have since been charged with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and obstruction of justice in the brutal attack.
The prosecution (as well as a large part of the general public) have called for the pair to be tried as adults.
Hearings are set to begin in May where a judge will ultimately decide the two boys’ fates.
The teens have since turned on each other. One accomplice arguing that he was not involved in the actual shooting and that the conversation over video games was merely ‘a joke.’
The defense attorney of the teen who did not pull the trigger argues that all evidence on her client was based on the statements of the other suspect whom the teen calls ‘a murderer’ and ‘a liar.’
The boy who pulled the trigger says that he would not have had the courage to shoot Deserae if it wasn’t for the presence of his friend.
Police identified the two boys after they saw messages of Deserae telling her friend that she was ‘getting picked on.’
After the brutal shooting the boys went on to break her cellphone and iPod. They also stole $55 from her backpack.
The boys’ names cannot be made public since they are juveniles but the prosecution is arguing that they should be tried as adults. At the hospital, Deserae recalls seeing both suspects prior to being shot.