Number of young people charged with murder growing

Third 15-yr-old arrested in Highlands murder case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's an unfortunate reality—more and more young faces are appearing in court.

“Trying to pull a kid that's been around guns and violence their whole lives and try to tell them oh, you don't have to do this. You can do better.  It's going to take more that words,” said Myah Duncan, youth advocate.

At age 25, Myah Duncan works with troubled kids and their parents in different community outreach programs.  She says she knows how hard it is to reach kids when there are so many other outside influences.

“They don't realize that's not real life.  In the movies, that's not real life.  In the movies, the scene was cut and they got to go home after that.  You won't get to go home for a while,” Duncan said.

In the last week a total of three 15-year-olds have been arrested in connection to the shooting death of Jason Spencer.  Police said he was shot and killed walking with his new wife, Andrea, in the Highlands on Sunday evening. Investigators believe it was a random robbery attempt.

“What if there was somebody to reach them quicker? What if someone was to be there when they saw them leaving out? What are your motives? Stop and talk to them and say hey, where are y'all going?  Do you want to do this instead? It just makes you wonder what led to that and where could somebody have been to stop them from making that decision?” Duncan said.

 

Those three arrests make for a total of 14 juveniles charged with murder, so far, this year. Last year there were eight.  Twenty-two young lives have been changed forever, and Duncan said the adults have to step in.
 

“Don't let it be normal.  Don't let it just be something that you hear and say oh, that happens. Don't let it get there because when it gets there, that's when it's an even bigger problem,” she said.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office said it is likely, the three 15-year-olds will be charged as adults. They say there are three requirements for that to happen. The child is at least 14, he or she is accused of committing a felony and it involved a firearm.

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