By David Madden
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Gloucester County judge has ordered two Clayton teens to remain in custody charged as juveniles in last month’s murder of 12-year-old neighbor Autumn Pasquale. But prosecutors have now formally moved to take the case out of Family Court.
The 15 and 17 year old suspects, whose names we continue to withhold, may not be considered children much longer in the eyes of the law.
“We have filed application to the court, based on the nature of the charges and their ages, we are asking the court to consider that they be waived to adult court,” said Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Michelle Jeneby.
That motion could take weeks to a couple months to consider. And whether that hearing is opened to the press is also up for debate. Lawyers for the Associated Press and several newspapers have moved to suspend the traditionally private nature of this family court proceeding.
Judge Colleen Maier spent the day hearing arguments on that idea then told everyone to return December 13th; the next time the two suspects are in court.