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Judge says 16-year-old will be tried as adult for murder

September 7, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware Superior Court judge has denied a request from a 16-year-old murder defendant to have his case transferred to Family Court.

Derrick Caudle is charged with shooting 18-year-old Todd Dorn of Middletown in February after a fight. Caudle, who turned 16 a month before the shooting, is accused of going to his house after the fight, getting a shotgun, and shooting Dorn at close range in the chest.

Caudle sought to be tried as a juvenile in Family Court, meaning he likely would be released from custody at age 19 if convicted.

The judge rejected the request on Wednesday, citing the seriousness of the charge, Caudle’s criminal record, and the failure of past rehabilitative efforts under Family Court supervision. Caudle’s criminal history includes arrests for robbery, burglary and assault.

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