Judge: Teen accused of murdering homeowner can be tried as an adult

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JENKS, Okla. –   An Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a judge’s ruling that a teenage murder defendant can be tried as an adult.

Joshua Scott Mooney was just 14-years-old when he confessed to fatally shooting a woman in the head.

Mooney told police he broke into a Jenks home to find money but was startled by 47-year-old Mary Escue.

He allegedly forced her into the computer room, aimed his rifle at her head and fired.

According to police, Mooney admitted that he knew he had killed her.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Mooney cannot be given the death penalty because of his age.

He faces life in prison or life in prison without parole.

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