Attorney asks court to allow bail for suspect in Deserae Turner shooting

Colter Peterson makes initial appearance before Judge Kevin K. Allen in 1st District Court on Monday. Peterson has been charged with attempted aggravated murder in the shooting of Deserae Turner.

LOGAN — A judge is going to consider whether or not to release Colter Peterson on bail while the 16-year-old faces charges of shooting Deserae Turner.

Peterson appeared briefly in 1st District Court Monday, one week after a juvenile court judge ruled that he would be tried as an adult. He is charged with attempted aggravated murder and attempted burglary, both first-degree felonies, and four charges of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

Public defender Mike McGinnis asked the court to schedule the hearing, where he is expected to argue that Peterson is entitled to have bail set. The cash or bond amount would allow the defendant to be released from the detention center where he has been held since February.

Judge Kevin Allen scheduled the pretrial conference for May 23.

Authorities said Peterson and Jayzon Decker concocted a plan to kill Turner while playing video games and discussing their desire to “get rid” of 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.

Decker is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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