Jarrell Milton: 12-Year-Old Murder Suspect May Be Charged As An Adult

Jarrell Milton made headlines last week after several news outlets reported that the 12-year-old was being sought by the Omaha Police Department in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Jamymell Ray. As previously reported on Inquisitr, Jarrell and two other teenage boys identified as Jamar Milton — Jarrell’s 17-year-old brother — and Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, were involved in an altercation at a park when a drug deal went awry.

Prosecutors have stated that Ray and his brother, Charles Fisher, 31, met with the teens to complete a marijuana sale on June 29. But, apparently, the teens had different plans. They allegedly attempted to rob the two men and ultimately shot them both. Fisher suffered non-life threatening injuries, but Ray died from the gunshots, which were reportedly fired at close range.

Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15 (l.), and Jamar E. Milton, 17 (r.),

Authorities suspect that the three boys’ actions may have ties to gang affiliation, reports the New York Daily News. However, the details surrounding the series of events that took place are still unknown.

“All three suspects had guns,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said. “Two guns (were) recovered. To have young people at this age involved in that kind of violence is very troubling.”

Although Jarrell fled from Omaha, he was later apprehended by law enforcement officials in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 7 and has been transported back to Douglas County by Omaha PD, reports KTIV. It has been reported that all three suspects are facing murder charges. However, if found guilty, their sentences could vary due to Jarrell’s age.

“There’s a question in regards to the 12-year-old under the new law, whether we can proceed in adult court, so we’ll get him into custody and then make that determination,” Klein explained.

During a recent interview with KETV, Kleine voiced his concerns about Milton’s age as it may affect the outcome of the trial.

“It’s absolutely a legitimate concern,” Kleine said. “It’s a concern for me also. There are questions about the nature of the case, and whether certain cases should be exempted from going straight to juvenile court until we know all the facts and the details, but I guess we have to trust the system, and the purpose of juvenile court is that we can rehabilitate.”

All three suspects have been charged with first-degree murder.

“Our intention is to file on them as adults,” Kleine said.

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[Image via Omaha Police Department]