Teen’s defense team wants trial in Juvenile Court

Published: December 16, 2013, 5:05 pm, by Lance Benzel

Attorneys for 17-year-old Avery James Jackson will petition a judge to have his murder case moved back into Juvenile Court, they said in court Monday.

A judge scheduled a May 7 hearing to address the request, court records show.

The matter will coincide with Jackson’s preliminary hearing, at which prosecutors will outline their evidence against him.

Jackson was arrested in October and charged as an adult with first-degree murder, accused of fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend, Norzell Badger Jr., during a clash in their Knob Hill neighborhood home. His younger brother, 14, is charged as a juvenile with accessory to murder.
Few details have been released thus far, and arrest papers are under seal.

Although prosecutors have the discretion to file adult charges against teenagers accused of certain crimes, the law also allows defendants to challenge that decision.