A Boulder County judge has set a side a week to hear arguments about whether a teenage boy accused of fatally stabbing a Longmont woman can be tried as an adult.
Boulder County Judge Andrew Macdonald will decide in March whether Aiden von Grabow, 15, will be tried as an adult for first-degree murder in the death of Makayla Grote on Nov. 18, 2017.
Because the boy is younger than the age of 16, prosecutors could not directly file adult charges.
Von Grabow also faces 10 other charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder for pursuing Grote’s younger sister and at least two other people named on his alleged “death list.”
Should Macdonald grant the prosecution’s motion to transfer the case, it would be the fifth time since 1998 that the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office has prosecuted a juvenile in a first-degree murder case.
The Times-Call and Daily Camera do not generally identify juvenile defendants in criminal cases, but have chosen to do so in this instance because of the severity of the allegations and the Boulder County district attorney’s decision to pursue adult charges.
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