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Sixteen Year Old May Face Adult Charges In Connection With Alleged Slaying Of Teenage Girl

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Hillsborough County authorities are weighing adult charges for a 16-year-old boy they say shot and fatally wounded a 14-year-old girl.

Investigators say the boy mistook the girl's car for that of another early on the morning of June 17 when he fired several shots at it. Deputies discovered the wounded girl about a mile away from the site of the shooting at Kingsway Road and Clay Avenue.

The girl, who suffered a significant head wound from the barrage, was taken via helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. Despite their best efforts, doctors could not save the girl's life, and she expired the following day.

Three other passengers in the car were uninjured, and they provided information to deputies that ultimately led to the suspect's arrest. According to various witnesses, he had a grudge against another party and believed that individual was in the vehicle at which he shot. The nature of their disagreement was not made public, but police say it did not involve the gang of which they say he is a member.

The boy was arrested last Tuesday and transported to the county Juvenile Assessment Center. He faces charges of second degree murder and throwing a deadly missile at, within or into a vehicle. Prosecutors at the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office are weighing whether to charge him as an adult, which is a decision they say may take several days.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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