14-year-old pleads guilty to killing brother

Feb. 17, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

A 14-year-old girl has plead guilty in juvenile court to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her brother.
“The case stayed in juvenile court as a plea. As a group, we looked at it and considered the evidence, situation of the victim’s family, and all the other things that go into the decision making process, and decided that it was best to send it to juvenile court,” said Assistant District Attorney Walter Jones.
The details of the plea deal, including sentencing and where she will be held, are sealed.
Police are still not releasing her name because she is a juvenile.
Police responded to an apartment in the Brentwood Crossing complex just before 1 a.m. Nov. 10, 2013, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon call.
Police say the girl and her 16-year-old brother, Ti’Kere Martin, a student at Southwest High School, has been arguing all day before the girl got a knife and attacked him.
The sister stabbed Ti’Kere in the upper chest, hitting an artery under the collarbone, according to police. He was taken to the High Point Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead.
The original charge of first-degree murder indicated that authorities believed the killing was carried out with premeditation and deliberation. Authorities debated for months whether she should be charged as an adult.
According to state law, if a defendant is under 18 years old and is tried in Superior Court the only sentence that can be imposed is life without parole for first degree. 
Jones said that he does not often find himself deciding whether to try a juvenile as an adult.
“This is the first one I’ve had in seven years,” Jones said. “It doesn’t happen that frequently, certainly not in High Point. We have seen it happen in Greensboro. I have seen this probably four times in 25 years.”
Jones said when making the decision to leave a minor in juvenile court or send him or her to superior court a number of factors come into play.
“When you start making juvenile court decisions you have to consider the best needs of the child,” Jones said. “You have to consider the likelihood of criminal activities continuing in the future, the desired wishes of the victim’s family, and essentially what is the right thing to do under the circumstances.”
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