By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The Latest on a teenage girl who was shot in the head and left in a ditch in Utah (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

An attorney for one of the Utah teenagers accused of plotting to kill a 14-year-old girl says the boy’s parents were caught off guard by the allegations.

Lawyer Shannon Demler said Wednesday that the parents of his 16-year-old client are having a very hard time after their son and another boy were charged with robbing and trying to kill Deserae Turner.

The girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head and left in a ditch.

Demler says the case “has torn apart three families” and has shaken up the small town of Smithfield.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the defendants because they’re juveniles.

Demler says he’ll argue that his client should be kept in the juvenile court system. A prosecutor has said he wants to try the boys as adults.

The attorney for the other teen defendant wasn’t immediately available for comment.


12:25 p.m.

Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head and leaving her critically wounded in a ditch in a small Utah town will be kept in juvenile detention.

The Herald Journal in Logan reports ( ) that the teenagers appeared separately in court Wednesday with their parents. A judge ordered them to stay at a detention center until at least next Tuesday, when lawyers will meet to set a date for another hearing.

Prosecutors say the 16-year-old boys lured Deserae Turner with plans to rob and kill her. They’re charged with attempted aggravated murder, robbery and other counts.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the defendants because they’re juveniles. Their attorneys weren’t immediately available for comment.

A spokesman for the girl’s family, Jill Parker, says Deserae is in critical condition in a medically induced coma Wednesday.

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