Miami juveniles could face adult charges in shooting of teenagers, toddler

Two juveniles are charged in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old Miami Gardens teenager and a toddler, who suffered a gunshot would to her foot, the Miami Herald reported.

An experienced Miami juvenile defense lawyer should represent both these teenagers. Both are facing serious charges and either could be charged as an adult. Many times, police make an arrest hoping the statements of the defendants – or the contradicting version of events – will help strengthen the case against one or both of the accused. Frequently, a defendant’s statements are the strongest evidence used against them in court. If you are facing arrest or police questioning in connection with a crime, we encourage you to remain silent until you can consult with an experienced defense attorney.

The 17-year-old defendant is facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public, after police report he took several shots at the victim near the corner of Northwest 13th Avenue and 62nd Street.

Two days later, the victim was shot in the head at his mother’s home on NW 62nd Terrace; his toddler niece was struck in the foot during that incident. A 16-year-old defendant has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The defendant reportedly told police he was a gang member and knew about the shooting but denied any involvement.

He said the shooting could have involved retaliation between rival gangs for a previous shooting at the Liberty Square housing project.