Four Houston teen, two fifteen years old boys and two seventeen year old boys have been charged with Capital Murder, according to this story. The defendants are accused of shooting and stabbing a man in a carjacking attempt. The man was pulling into his apartments with his family in his car, when he was confronted by the teens. A brief struggle ensued and the man was shot and stabbed. He died from his wounds.
A backpack with no money and two cell phones were taken. One of the teens was later stopped in a suspected stolen vehicle. The teen was placed in a police car with another person and apologized to a friend in the car. A recording device had been activated in the backseat which recorded the conversation. This led to questioning from the police that led to the arrest of the defendants.
Although charged with Capital Murder the State cannot seek the death penalty of the teenagers. In Texas 17 years old is considered the age of an adult for criminal prosecution. However, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that a 17 years old is considered a juvenile and the death penalty punishment for a juvenile is unconstitutionally cruel under the Eighth Amendment. The Supreme Court has ruled that “when a juvenile commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity.” Under Texas law the teens, if convicted would face life in prison without parole.
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