Attorney asks Judge for bail hearing for co-defendant in Deserae Turner shooting

Attorney Shannon Demler represents 16-year-old Jayzon Decker, whose case was recently moved into the adult court system in front of Judge Brian Cannell. Decker has been charged in connection with the shooting of Deserae Turner.

LOGAN — The lawyer representing Jayzon Decker, one of the teenage boys charged in the shooting of Deserae Turner, asked the court to consider releasing the 16-year-old boy on bail while they prepare for trial.

Decker appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning, 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 Shannon Demler said he had been speaking with Cache County Attorney James Swink, and they wanted the court to schedule a bail hearing and pretrial conference.

State attorney Barbara Lachmar opposed the bail hearing, reminding the court that Juvenile Judge Angela Fonnesbeck had previously ordered Decker to be held without bail.

Demler argued though that state law allows for bail to be reconsidered now that Decker is being tried in adult court.

Judge Brian Cannell agreed with Demler and said he would schedule the hearing for May 24.

Authorities allege that Decker and Colter Peterson 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.

A bail hearing for Peterson has already been scheduled for May 23.

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