The 14-year-old who confessed to killing his family in Elkmont on Monday cannot be given the death penalty, but could serve life in prison if convicted.
Attorney Russell Crumbley says there’s likely to be a mental health evaluation and the case could go through the court system in a different area. The boy’s charges could be upgraded to murder or capital murder, and he could be charged as an adult.
Crumbley says, “There’s going to be conversation about this case because of the aggravating factors, there being five people. The potential for it to be capital murder is there. But for a 14-year old, under previous Supreme Court decisions, he cannot be given the death penalty.”
Right now the boy is at a juvenile detention center and is being charged as a juvenile.