- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ROARING SPRING, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney says the alleged accomplice in the drug-related killing of a western Pennsylvania woman should have his case moved to juvenile court.

Bedford County authorities have charged 15-year-old Ryan Hardwick, of Martinsburg, and 16-year-old Deauntay Moye, of Woodbury, who allegedly pulled the trigger, as adults in the Jan. 8 killing of 21-year-old Stephanie Waters.

Authorities say the teens met the woman to buy marijuana before Moye shot her. The teens then drove around smoking marijuana while she lay dying in the back seat.

But defense attorney Mark Zearfus tells the (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1yKVtWd ) the suspects are “just kids” and that Hardwick would be better rehabilitated in juvenile court, which could incarcerate or keep him on probation only until he’s 21.

Prosecutors want to convict the boys of murder carrying up to life in prison.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, https://www.tribune-democrat.com

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