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15-yr-old charged in Fairfax killing

Washington Post editors

A 15-year-old Fairfax County boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of another teenager in the Rose Hill area of eastern Fairfax.

Police believe Wyatt Campbell, 18, was involved in an altercation with two other teens behind the Rose Hill Shopping Center the night of Oct. 14. Campbell was driven to the Inova Springfield Healthplex clinic where he died shortly after he arrived.

Court records show Fairfax homicide detectives soon focused on two brothers from the Rose Hill area. According to a search warrant affidavit, the boys were interviewed on Oct. 16 by Detective Daniel Bibeault and confessed to attacking Campbell.

The teens were not immediately charged while police gathered further evidence. But police obtained a second-degree murder warrant against one of the youths on Tuesday, and he surrendered at 10:30 a.m., police said.
The Washington Post typically does not identify a juvenile suspect unless he is charged as an adult.

Under Virginia law, juvenile suspects have preliminary motions and hearings in juvenile court. But if they are 14 or older, the case must be tried in circuit court if the juvenile court finds probable cause that the defendant committed murder.

If convicted, a juvenile in Virginia can still be sentenced under juvenile court laws, with maximum incarceration up to age 21, or under adult circuit court laws, with penalties ranging up to life in prison.

Fairfax prosecutors seek death infrequently. But they have successfully prosecuted teens as young as 14 for murder, and a 17-year-old who killed his girlfriend was sentenced last week to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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Mr. Jackman:

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that execution of individuals who were under 18 years of age at time of their capital crimes is prohibited by Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. See Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005)

So, this 15-year-old defendant will not face the death penalty.

Posted by: Eagle1211 | October 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The corridor between Springfield Mall and Rose Hill has declined to the point where it could be more accurately described as Route 1 West. This entire section is an ever-growing blight on Fairfax County. I moved out 11 years ago and none of my former neighbors are still there. Expect this crime problem to just get worse until it begins to spill over to the south into Kingstowne. It is already contributing to the deterioration of Landmark on the north. Meanwhile, the County Board of Supervisors will focus on "affordable housing" and other free or subsidized services for illegal immigrants.

Posted by: hisroc | October 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

No comments. Sad.

Posted by: Rocc00 | October 26, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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