What can legally happen after being stabbed during a fight in Orange Park
A fatal stabbing incident involving two teenagers in ‘Orange Park’ leaves prosecutors’ office investigators with a very difficult investigation.
Determining criminal charges in this case can be a sensitive case. News4Jax sat down with a local defense attorney to determine how the plaintiffs would move.
Reports we now have outside of Clay County say several 10- to 14-year-olds have turned up in a household looking to battle other teens. After an all-out brawl broke out, a 13-year-old was killed and four others were sent to the hospital.
Defense attorney Gene Nichols, who is not affiliated with the case, said the first step is to interview every possible person.
“Talk to each of these individuals to find out who stabbed them, and then prosecute first and foremost the individuals who had weapons and stabbed other individuals,” Nichols said.
Nichols said the next step will likely be to determine whether any of the children can be charged as adults. He said that while it is difficult to charge minors, prosecutors are skilled in determining what level of charge a child should be brought.
“We know that minors are different. We know that juvenile brains are not fully developed. So I realize that, yes, it is a different component. When you ask guys who are 12 or 13 or 14 to say what happened, because we know they are not like adults.
Nichols said that the parents of some of these children could be held responsible for the financial and medical expenses of some of the victims involved. This will be determined by the investigators of the State Prosecutor’s Office.
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