In an update to last week’s shocking case where a 15-year old boy stabbed his great-grandmother with a sword after she allegedly told him to stop playing a video game, we’ve now learned the Atlanta teen will be prosecuted as an adult.
15-year old Gevin Prince is accused of killing Mary Joan Gibbs, his 77-year old great-grandmother with a sword, as well as seriously injuring his grandmother.
Douglas County District Attorney David McDade explained that the decision to prosecute adheres to Georgia law. Speaking to [surl=http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/22/us-execution-georgia-idUSTRE76L06Q20110722]Reuters[/surl], he stated that – despite early reports – the official motive for the attack is “unclear”.
We have been told there was some dispute over a video game but we haven’t been able to confirm that.
Price’s mental health is still under investigation, too:
Obviously the crime he is charged with committing is one that invites scrutiny of his mental health.
We will address that at the appropriate time.
The U.S. state of Georgia still maintains the death penalty for aggravated or felony murder, with three executions to date in 2011 and more than 100 criminals currently on death row.