On Tuesday, prosecutors said that two teenage boys were charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch, after they lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her.
According to newly filed charging documents, the teenagers, 16, set up a meeting by promising to sell the girl a knife.
They had originally planned to stab her with their own knives. However, prosecutors said that after they arrived, one boy decided instead to use a gun he had brought and shot the girl.
They stole $55 from her purse, threw her backpack in a trash bin and destroyed her mobile phone and iPod. The girl is in a medically induced coma, in critical condition.
Investigators said that one of the teens told police that greed made them do it.
On Thursday evening, when the girl didn’t return home from school, she was reported missing.
Early Friday, she was found in the dry canal in the town of Smithfield, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Jill Parker, a spokeswoman for her family said that she is in the fight of her life right now.
A memento from the crime:
One of the boys asked to keep spent shell as a memento from the teen who brought the gun. Officers later found it displayed on his bedroom windowsill.
This teen told police that he saw his friend shoot a girl he didn’t know, although investigators say that text messages between the boys show that the teenagers have planned the robbery and shooting together.
Each of the culprits were each charged with six counts, which include attempted aggravated murder, robbery and obstruction of justice.
The defendants are not named because they are juveniles. It’s also not clear if they had attorneys, and no phone numbers were listed in public records for them.
James Swink, Cache County Attorney, said he wants to try the teenagers as adults. “I haven’t seen anything like this case in the 18 years I’ve worked in Cache County,” he told reporters.