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14-year-old girl accused in the death of father expected to be in court Tuesday

14-year-old girl accused in the death of father expected to be in court Tuesday

A 14-year-old girl is expected to head to court Tuesday. She is accused of killing her own father, and some are now questioning whether she should be tried as an adult.

FOX 42 News reporter Steve Saunders looked into how prosecutors tackle that decision. He spoke with three attorneys and they all said the decision to try the 14-year-old as an adult really comes down to what Douglas County attorney Don Kleine does.

Most of the time, however, there are certain things he will need to take into account like:

  • Age of the person
  • Nature of the crime
  • Circumstances of the case

On Saturday, police say they got a call to check on the girls father, Motrel Williams, at his home near north 41st and Pinkney Streets.

Officers found him dead, and according to investigators, it looked suspicious.

The young girl was later arrested and booked at the Douglas County Youth Center, and is now accused of killing Williams.

She likely has a long road ahead in the court system, and clinical psychologist Dr. LuAnne Even says the whole situation can be pretty rough on the family..

"It can definitely create more complicated feelings," said Even. "Then it makes it even more important for the family to reach and not try to isolated."

Police have not yet released the name of the 14-year-old, because she is a minor.

Investigators have also not revealed the details surrounding William's death.

Police are still investigating.

Back in 2013, Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill that ended mandatory life sentences for minors convicted of first degree murder.

A judge has the ability to choose to sentence a juvenile to 40 years to life in prison.

FOX 42 News did reach out to Don Kleine's office for comment, but because of the holiday, no one was able to answer our call.

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