Colter Peterson and Jayzon Decker arraigned in adult court

Judge Thomas L. Willmore presides over the arraignment of Jayzon Decker and Colter Peterson in 1st District Court on Thursday in Logan. Decker and Peterson are charged with attempted aggravated murder in the shooting of Deserae Turner.

LOGAN — The two teenage boys charged with shooting Deserae Turner in February, were arraigned in adult court Thursday and ordered to be held without bail. Colter D. Peterson and Jayzon V Decker appeared separately in 1st District Court, days after a juvenile court judge ruled that both 16-year-olds be tried as adults.

Decker appeared first, standing in shackles and handcuffs before Judge Thomas Willmore. The Hyde Park teenager stood silently as the judge read the six charges against him and assigned the case to Judge Brian Cannell.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler asked the court to set bail for Decker so that he could possibly be released.

Cache County Attorney James Swink opposed the request, telling the court that Juvenile Court Judge Angela Fonnesbeck had already ordered that Decker be held without bail.

Judge Willmore refused to set bail. He ordered Decker to remain in the Cache Juvenile Detention Center and appear before Judge Cannell on May 16.

Peterson appeared next, also standing in shackles and handcuffs as Judge Willmore read the charges against him. The Smithfield teenager was assigned a public defender and ordered to appear before Judge Kevin Allen on May 15. He was also ordered to remain in the Juvenile Detention Center without bail.

Peterson and Decker are each charged with attempted aggravated murder and attempted burglary, both first-degree felonies, and four charges of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

Authorities said Peterson and Decker concocted a plan to kill Turner while playing video games and discussing their desire to “get rid” her. She was found with a gunshot wound to the head, early in the morning of February 17. She had reportedly been left to die in a dry canal east of Sky View High School.

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