Tuesday, August 26 2014, 07:50 AM EDT
Teen Murder Suspect to Be Tried as an Adult
A judge has ruled that 16-year-old Jacob Allison will be tried as an adult in connection with a triple murder and one attempted murder that happened in Lookout Valley back on April 9th.
John Lang, 53; Caleb Boozer, 29, and Jon Morris, 24 were all killed in the incident. A 16-year-old boy was also shot.
Morris would have turned 25 years old on Friday.
"This case is tragic on so many levels, Hamilton County Judge Rob Philyaw said right before issuing his ruling.
At Friday's hearing, witness Dennis McNabb testified that he saw three men with guns that day. He said says one of the suspects, Skylar Allen dated his daughter and he didn't like him.
Hamilton County Detective Robert Starnes was called to the stand next.
Defense attorneys for Allison argued that Starnes should have given Allison his Miranda rights before questioning.
"He's got a low IQ. He's 15 in the 8th grade. He should have been read his rights," defense attorneys said.
Judge Philyaw agreed that Allison's Miranda warning should have been issued said he would exclude it from the transfer hearing.
While prosecutors weren't able to pin a gun from the scene to Allison, they argued, "just because he didn't have a gun doesn't mean he didn't know."
Allison's mother then took the witness stand. She says Derek Morse, another one of the suspect charged in the case, mentored her son. \
Judge Philyaw ultimately ruled, "while it breaks my heart.. Allison will be tried as an adult.
Allison's mother then broke down in tears. Court officers surrounded the suspect's family.
In addition to Morse and Allison, Skyler Hudson, 22, is also charged in the case.
Bond for Allison is set at 525- thousand dollars at the Hamilton County Jail.