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Attorney Seeks Juvenile Court For Teen In Boote Case

November 17, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — The attorney for the teen charged in the gruesome stabbing death of Fred Boote is seeking to have her case moved to juvenile court. The 14-year-old girl is charged as an adult with second-degree murder and related offenses in the death of Boote, 58, who was beaten and stabbed to death during a robbery in his home at 14 Donald Court on Sept. 14. Although she is charged as an adult, The Citizens’ Voice is not identifying the girl because of her age. In a motion filed Friday, attorney Frank T. McCabe argues that the case should be heard in juvenile court because of the girl’s age, lack of previous police contact and because the juvenile system possesses the adequate facilities to rehabilitate her. “The defendant has ample time to be rehabilitated in the juvenile system considering her age and the possibility that she could be under the supervision of this court until the age of 21,” McCabe wrote. Prosecutors did not immediately respond to the filing. Police say the girl, whose mother previously dated Boote, got Boote to let her inside and then left the door open so accomplice Reynaldo Mercado, 31, could get in behind her. Mercado is charged with criminal homicide and other offenses alleging he bashed Boote over the head with a lamp and stabbed him to death with a kitchen knife the girl handed him. When Boote was dead, the pair doused him with gasoline in an attempt to destroy evidence, although the fire went out before police arrived on scene, according to investigators. Police say the pair made off with Boote’s cellphone and about $25 in cash. They are being held without bail as they await trial. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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