EPHRATA, Wash. - A judge granted the prosecution and defense more time on Monday to set another status hearing for a 14-year-old boy accused of shooting his parents before deciding if he will be tried as an adult.
"We're trying to keep him in juvenile court," said Lyliane Couture, the attorney for Nathon Brooks. "Have him tried as a juvenile, and make sure he gets rehabilitation and mental health services."
Grant County Prosecuting Attorney Angus Lee agrees they need enough time to properly argue this case.
"More important than speed is accuracy," said Lee. "You want to make sure the court has all the information that it can before it makes the appropriate decision."
Brooks was in court briefly Monday but remains in custody since he was taken in last month. He is accused of trying to kill his parents in March. Police believe he took a revolver from their gun cabinet, loaded it, and walked into his parents bedroom to shoot them. Officers say his parents disciplined him for behavioral issues and he may have acted out of revenge.
Attorneys in this case need more time to call in experts and completing evaluations. Both sides will also need time to schedule appearances by psychiatrists and psychologists in court. They will report on their progress on May 6 at the next status hearing.
"We want to do the right thing more than we want to do the fast thing," said Lee. "There's a balancing act, everyone wants to move as fast as possible but keeping in mind you have to get all the information before hand."
Brooks has been calm in court in his first three appearances before a judge but his attorney says in all the time she has spent with him, he is able to handle the weight of this case.
"He's doing very well, he's doing very well in detention," she said.