Teen to be tried as adult

A 14-year-old Federal Way boy, accused of murdering a man in a botched robbery attempt last year, will be tried in juvenile court despite a request from the King County Prosecutor’s Office that he be tried as an adult.

Juvenile Court Judge James Cayce decided last Friday the boy won’t face trial as an adult based on his lack of a criminal past, on his conduct after the crime was committed, and on the prospect of rehabilitation in the juvenile criminal justice system.

The 14-year-old was arrested with two older teen-agers on suspicion of shooting Lamar Armstrong, 38, of Federal Way, in the back of the head while they were attempting to rob him of cash and marijuana on Aug. 18. All three were charged with first-degree murder.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office initially requested the 14-year-old be tried as an adult based on the seriousness of the crime.

“The question was put to the court. We were asking for an adult prosecution, but the court made a very thoughtful decision,” said King County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe. “It’s really a decision that the court makes, but we recognize the court considered several factors in the decision.”

The teen’s next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11.

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