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Hearing to determine whether Poplar Bluff teen to be tried as adult in burning case

Sunday, August 2, 2009

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A hearing will be held Wednesday to determine whether a Poplar Bluff teenager should be tried as an adult for allegedly squirting gasoline on another teen and then lighting him on fire.

Associate Circuit Judge John Bloodworth, who serves as juvenile judge, set the certification hearing for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for the 16-year-old suspect.

Under the state statutes, a certification hearing is mandatory in Class A felonies, according to Butler-Ripley County chief juvenile officer Lesi Smith.

At about 9:10 p.m. June 13, the juvenile caused burns of the upper body, neck and face of Walter Currie Jr. by throwing gasoline on him and setting it alight, deputy juvenile officer Robbie Hale wrote in his petition to the court. The incident occurred at the intersection of Main and Davis streets.

During the hearing, Bloodworth will hear testimony from both sides and then decide whether to certify the teen as an adult in the case.

"It's just like a trial," Smith said.

If Bloodworth upholds the petition, Smith said, the case will be sent to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour for charges. If he denies the petition, the case would be handled within the juvenile court system.

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Where in the world did this juvenile learn to act like this? From the adults he has been around?? From other juveniles? Our society has just about reached rock bottom. A 16-year old or a 21-year old knows not to do something like this. Try him as an adult!!!

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 2:49 PM

I agree. If he wants to act like that, then try him as an adult. He's old enough to know what the consequences are and he's definitely old enough to know right from wrong. To the parents that raised him, shame on YOU. If I did something like that, I'd be dead before being arrested because my mom would've killed me!

-- Posted by xXAngelicEvilXx on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 9:38 PM

The only problem is...our punishments just aren't strong enough. If convicted he will be sentenced to maybe 10 years and get out in 3, what a joke!

There couldn't be anything more deliberate (if he did it)..after all he is considered innocent until found guilty) If he is found to be guilty he should be publicly hanged! Set an example for other would be felons out there that this kind of behavior will NOT be tolerated!

-- Posted by Walkenstick on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 5:39 AM

By the way, I wonder how the Currie boy is getting along. Anyone know?

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 7:38 AM

I agree with all of the responds before mine. Try him as an adult and let him go to the dogs even if it's for three years. I bet he will be rehabilitated after coming out of prison, if he lives.

-- Posted by Biker_28 on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 10:25 AM

I agree with most of the posts on here. Try him as an adult. What he did was terrible! But from what I see, most of the ones who spend time do not come out rehabilitated. Maybe, they need to place the violent ones on a island somewhere and let them take care of each other.

-- Posted by olderandwiser on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 1:24 PM

A word of advise to the fellow is convicted as an adult.

Sleep with your back to the wall and NEVER, NEVER bend over to pick up the soap in the shower. Hot dang, fresh meat! LOL

-- Posted by johnlaw484c on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 3:51 PM

I personally think he should be locked up in a mental institution. Child or adult, don't matter, it takes a very sick mind to pour gasoline on someone and then light a match.

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 8:31 PM

IMO: If he knew that pouring gasoline on someone and then adding fire could/would cause serious injury (which he obviously did) than he is old enough to suffer the most severe consequences possible.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sun, Aug 2, 2009, at 10:55 PM

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