Oklahoma teen accused of murdering his family will be tried as adult

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma teenager accused of murdering his family was challenging a state law that says he must be charged as an adult.

On July 22, authorities arrested 16-year-old Michael Bever and 18-year-old Robert Bever for the murder of  five people.

Authorities discovered the bodies of 52-year-old David Bever, 44-year-old April Bever, a 5-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy inside the family’s home.

A 13-year-old girl, who was stabbed but survived, told police that her eldest brothers had attacked her family.

Last year, Tulsa County Public Defender Rob Nigh filed a motion for his client, Michael Bever, asking that the teen be certified as a child or youthful offender.

According to Oklahoma statute, defendants ages 15 to 17 who are charged with first-degree murder must be prosecuted as adults and not be subject to the provisions of the Youthful Offender Act or the Juvenile Code for certification.

Michael Bever was just 16-years-old at the time of the crime.

In October, a judge denied that motion and ruled that Michael Bever will be charged as an adult.

On Thursday, Bever’s attorney went before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, asking that his client be tried as a juvenile.

However, the court affirmed the trial court’s ruling, saying Michael Bever will be charged as an adult.

Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16

Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16

 

Michael Bever, who is now 17-years-old, and 19-year-old Robert Bever are facing five counts of first-degree murder.

A preliminary hearing for the pair is set for Feb. 23.

 

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