16-Year-Old to be Tried as Adult in Brooklyn Park Killing
A 16-year-old Brooklyn Park boy will be tried as an adult for a murder that happened when he was 15.
13-year-old Rayjon Gomez and a friend were shot while riding bikes in North Minneapolis last August 24th. Gomez died. The friend survived.
In March, two teens were indicted by a Hennepin County Grand Jury. Donquarius Davon Copeland was 17 at the time of the shooting, so he was automatically certified as an adult.
Derrick Deangelo Catchings was 15 at the time of the shooting. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office petition to have Catchings certified as an adult as well. A court approved that petition Monday.
Catchings faces two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. A spokesperson for the County Attorney said Catchings had already been in custody since September beecause of unrelated charges.
The spokesperson said Copeland is also in custody. He's in the Anoka County Workhouse for second-degree assault from a different case.