At first glance, charging a 12 year old as an adult is preposterous. Twelve year olds are mentally and emotionally incapable of realizing that Bang-Bang with a real gun results in permanent death.
Here is the link.
I'll append the full story in another entry so as not to take up unnessary scrolling time.
Briefly, on October 7, 2002, 12-year-old Joshua Geier, shot and killed his mother with a high powered rifle while she was talking to a friend on the telephone.
The family guns were kept in a locked case in a locked shed. Joshua opened the case, loaded the gun, locked his two sisters in the shed and strolled into the house and killed his mother.
Investigation uncovered several earlier incidents which had never been reported to the police. Joshua scored a 92 in a gun safety course. He shot a neighborhood girl in the stomach with a BB gun and shot at her dog. On several occasions at vacation bible school he pointed a gun at another boy and threatened to kill him.
Trying Joshua as a juvenile would mean that he would be released without supervision after he turns 21. Trying him as an adult means that he would be locked up with emotionally troubled, murderous teenagers who had been tried as adults and convicted.
What do you think?