FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – A 15-year-old Washington boy accused of fatally stabbing his mother and setting fire to their home has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson. San Juan County prosecutors are asking a juvenile court to decline jurisdiction in the case so it can be transferred to Superior Court.
The Seattle Times reports that in documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors argue the public would not be adequately protected if the boy were convicted as a juvenile.
Defense lawyers were not immediately reachable for comment after business hours.
An autopsy found that the 49-year-old Sharon Hammel died of multiple stab wounds and a skull fracture. Fire broke out at her Friday Harbor home early on April 3.
In court papers, police say the boy and his mother had argued about his school work and she had suspended his television privileges for a week.