Appeals court affirms adult status for teen defendant in Oklahoma homicide Published: January 9, 2014

The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a judge’s ruling that a murder defendant who was 14 when the crime occurred can be tried as an adult.

Joshua Scott Mooney was 14 when Mary Brice Escue, 47, of Reno, Nev., was fatally shot in the head in her parents’ home in Jenks on Dec. 17, 2012.

He was charged with first-degree murder on Jan. 3, 2013, and in October Tulsa County Special Judge Cliff Smith denied a defense request that Mooney be treated as a youthful offender. Read the rest of this story at

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