ARDMORE, Okla. -- Two young men accused of a very grown-up crime will have to stand trial as adults in Ardmore. Sha'Ron Fields and Alex Scallion, both now 15-years old, are charged with first degree manslaughter. Robin Beal reports.
It has been an ongoing legal question for months. Two young boys are accused in the beating death Steven Goddard one year ago. Should they be tried in the juvenile system or go to court as adults?
Judge Tom Walker initially certified them as adults. That was appealed, and the higher court sent it back to the judge, asking him to issue separate rulings on the two teens. He did, and again certified them as adults. The defense again appealed, and the case was heard in Oklahoma City on Thursday.
"I argued before the court of criminal appeals, and their appellate lawyers argued as well, they deliberated and came back 3 to 1 in our favor, agreeing that Judge Walker’s order should be affirmed, that they are not amenable to the juvenile system, they should be certified to stand trial as adults," Carter County district attorney Craig Ladd said.
So it would appear the two teenagers will have to answer to those charges in an adult court. If they are found to be guilty, they could serve time in an adult prison alongside men many decades older than them.
Two other people, Jason Scallion and Deondrae Maytubby, have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the death and have received prison sentences of 4 to 6 years.
No trial date has been set for Fields and Scallion.