A Holiday teenager will be facing adult first-degree felony murder charges, as Pasco County authorities say he battered and robbed a neighbor who died shortly thereafter.
Fourteen-year-old Alexander Perez was indicted by a grand jury December 9 for a beating and robbery prosecutors say he committed against a neighbor on September 23. They allege that Perez approached his neighbor around two o’clock that morning as he was sitting on his porch and began physically attacking him. Prosecutors say Perez forced Walker into his own home where Perez robbed him of cash and continued the assault.
Although grievously injured in the assault, Walker declined medical treatment. The county’s medical examiner says that Walker suffered a rupture in his chest cavity that allowed air to escape from his lungs. His organs began to swell, causing his blood pressure to rise to a point beyond which his heart could continue circulating his blood, ultimately leading to his demise. All of this, according to the medical examiner, was the result of the assault Perez is alleged to have committed.
Prosecutors do not allege that Perez intended to kill Walker. They instead say that Perez committed a dangerous felony, the commission of which led to Walker’s death. As a result, the county is pursuing felony-murder charges that Perez will face as an adult.
A conviction on the charges in question will lead to imprisonment for at least twenty-five years. Perez is not facing the death penalty, however. Additionally, as a result of a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling, should Perez be convicted of any charge that results in a lengthy sentence, he is required to have an opportunity for parole after twenty-five years.