Teen must face prosecution as adult, judge rules

10:38 am | August 15, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The case against a Memphis teenager charged with killing his mother in a house fire must remain in adult court.

According to The Commercial Appeal, a judge told lawyers for 14-year-old Jonathan Ray he was not inclined to send the first-degree murder case back to Juvenile Court, nor was he allowed to under state law.

Ray — who has been identified by name in open court — was arrested April 5 after his family’s home burned, trapping his mother, Gwendolyn Wallace, upstairs. The 45-year-old woman was killed in the blaze.

Ray’s lawyers argued their client did not receive a meaningful hearing in Juvenile Court.

The youth is held without bond.

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