Well now, CNN is reporting that the 8-year-old boy is scheduled to appear in court on charges he murdered his father and the other man.
“We solved the crime,” St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick told KPHO. “Now we have to solve the mystery of why.”
The boy’s public defenders, says that the defense is treating this case “like any other first-degree murder case.”
In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or “lying in wait” for the victim.
I have to tell you, that I find it hard to believe that an 8year old boy has the mental capacity to plan or “lie in wait” for a victim. There is some researach [1 2 3 ] out there that questions whether an 8 year old fully understands the concept of death.