Possible plea coming for teenager accused of shooting Deserae Turner

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 possible plea deal is being negotiated for Colter Peterson, the 17-year-old Smithfield teenager accused of shooting Deserae Turner. The agreement would cancel a two-week jury trial that is scheduled to begin next month.

Peterson appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon for a pretrial conference. He was led into the courtroom, wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt. His hands and feet were in shackles and handcuffs.

Peterson’s public defender, Mike McGinnis, told the court he and the prosecutor had worked out an agreement in the case. He asked for a Change Of Plea Hearing to be scheduled, where Peterson will likely confess to the shooting. Details of agreement were not disclosed.

Judge Kevin Allen ordered Peterson to appear again in court on October 10.

Police allege Peterson and 16-year-old 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.

Peterson is believed to have been the gunman, shooting Turner in the back of the head with a .22 caliber revolver.  Decker is alleged to have acted as lookout, letting Peterson know when it was clear to shoot Turner. 

In May, a juvenile court judge ruled that both boys would be tried as adults because of the severity of the crimes. They were charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, and four counts of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Both are being held in the Cache Valley Youth Center without bail. Each could face up to life in prison.

During Tuesday’s court appearance, state attorney Spencer Walsh asked the court not to cancel the two-week jury trial until after Peterson pleads guilty.

The plea deal would prevent Turner from having to testify and could mean a lighter prison sentence for Peterson.

Decker’s trial was scheduled to begin in January. It has been pushed back a month and will begin February 5.

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