Northern Utah authorities are considering whether to charge as an adult a 15-year-old honor student suspected in the stabbing deaths of two younger brothers.
Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen said people in the small town of West Point — about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City — have had a difficult time grasping what happened.
The suspect, whom Poulsen did not name, was due to be honored this week at the local junior high school for the 4.0 grade point average he earned as a ninth grader.
“He’s an honor student, highly intelligent and never been in trouble with the law,” Poulsen told the Los Angeles Times. “According to the neighbors, he’s a little quiet, but they’re a great family.”
Late Wednesday afternoon, the suspect’s mother left him home to watch his 10-year-old and 4-year-old brothers while she took the family’s four other children to run errands. She returned two hours later, Poulsen said, and called 911 when she found the 4-year-old dead on the floor.
Deputies who arrived at the home found the 10-year-old’s body in the basement, but could not find the 15-year-old. Several local law enforcement agencies combed the area for the boy, and found him around midnight in a neighboring town about eight miles away.
By that time, investigators had named the boy as their suspect. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of murder. He remains in a local juvenile facility awaiting a hearing. The Davis County attorney’s office is expected to charge the boy next week, Poulsen said.