Douglas County prosecutors are seeking to have a 16-year-old boy tried as an adult in the shooting deaths of two men last weekend in east Lawrence.
A motion filed by the district attorney's office calls for Kellam D. Jones to be tried as an adult because the deaths occurred while he was at least age 14 and in possession of a weapon.
The motion also states Jones is charged with offenses that if committed by an adult would be a felony.
Jones was charged as a juvenile earlier this week with two counts of felony first-degree murder and one count of attempted aggravated robbery.
The charges stem from a shooting early Saturday morning at 1311 Del. Killed were the occupant of the house, Roland Klundt, 20, and Gage Hauk, 18, McLouth. Prosecutors allege Hauk and Jones went to the residence to commit robbery. Hauk was shot by Klundt and Jones then shot Klundt, the charges allege.
Because Jones was allegedly attempting a robbery, which is a felony, he can be charged with both deaths.
A hearing on the motion will be June 23, which was when Jones was scheduled to be tried as a juvenile. He is being held in the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center.
District Attorney Charles Branson declined to talk specifically about the Jones case. He did discuss in general the factors that are considered under the law in finding that a juvenile can be tried as an adult, including:
¢ Seriousness of the offense.
¢ Nature of the offense.
¢ Whether it was a physical crime against a person or involved property.
¢ The juvenile's criminal history, if there is one.
¢ Whether there are facilities or programs that could possibly rehabilitate the juvenile.
¢ The sophistication of the juvenile.
There is a presumption that favors the juvenile being tried as a juvenile, and the prosecution has to overcome that presumption.
Typically, juveniles convicted of crimes are held until they are age 18, although there are provisions for them to be held until they are age 23.
An adult convicted of one count of felony murder faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.