A hearing to determine whether a 15-year-old accused in the murder of 10-year-old Kiaya Campbell will be tried as an adult will not be postponed beyond Oct. 30, after a Sept. 8 conference.
“It’s set for a transfer hearing, a preliminary …
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“It’s set for a transfer hearing, a preliminary hearing — the whole nine yards,” said Sue Lindsay, public information officer for the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.
The district attorney’s office filed a motion in June to have the case transfered out of juvenile court and Judge Priscilla Loew set the hearing for Oct. 30 in the Juvenile Division of Adams County Combined Courts.
She also set a Sept. 8 status conference to confer with the district attorney and the boy’s counsel.
Defense attorneys argued that they were waiting for specific medical reports on the suspect that were not ready, and asked for a delay.
“It’s still set to go as planned,” Lindsay said. “There were no big changes today, and we’ll see what happens next.”
The suspect will remain in the county’s Juvenile Detention Facility.
The boy has been charged with the intent to commit murder after deliberation and first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust. Both are class one felonies.
Campbell disappeared June 7 while walking to a Thornton shopping area near 136th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard with the 15-year-old son of her father’s girlfriend.
Police said they were initially told Campbell and the suspect, boy she was walking with, had left her father’s house near 124th Avenue and Forest Drive before 9 p.m. June 7 but were separated during a rainstorm at about the 12900 block of Colorado Boulevard.
Police began searching for the girl the next morning, stopping traffic in and out of the neighborhood, searching cars and concentrating on canals, ditches and lakes in the area.
They issued an Amber Alert and volunteers gathered to help out with a walking search but police called it off when the girl’s body was found near 128th Avenue and Jasmine Court — roughly two miles east of where Campbell was last seen and about a mile from her father’s Thornton home, according to police.
The coroner declared the death “other than accidental” and police arrested the suspect just before midnight June 10.
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