JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- A Johnson County judged ruled Friday that a 15-year-old accused of killing his father in 2013 will remain in the juvenile justice system.
Prosecutors charged the then-14-year-old boy with first-degree murder in the death of his father, 46-year-old Darren E. Gay of Kansas City, Kan.
The boy is accused of taking a 40 caliber glock handgun and firing 16 shots at his father during a custody exchange in July 2013. According to testimony on Friday, nine of those shots hit and killed Gay.
The state of Kansas attempted to have the boy tried as an adult for first-degree murder, but evidence presented over two-and-a-half-days revealed the boy was the victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his father. The boy's father was portrayed in court as combative and controlling, who reportedly argued with the boy’s mother over his haircut and his clothes. The court learned the boy reportedly wrote about suicide in notes.
After hearing the evidence, including evidence of a long civil history of arguing, the judge ruled the boy should remain in the juvenile system where he can be monitored for another eight years and treated for the abuse he’s suffered. The judge also ruled the boy will be tried as a juvenile.
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