Teen shooter of Deserae Turner appears in court a day after the co-defendant

Colter Peterson leaves the courtroom after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, on Tuesday in Logan. Peterson shot Deserae Turner in February 2017, and left her for dead in a dry irrigation canal in Smithfield, Utah.

LOGAN — The 17-year-old Smithfield teenager who has admitted to shooting Deserae Turner in the back of the head and leaving her to die in a dry canal bed, appeared in court Wednesday, waiting to be sentenced. Colter Peterson, one of the two boys charged with trying to kill the then 14-year-old girl, stood before a judge, a day after prosecutors gave the co-defendant, Jayzon Decker, one week left to accept a plea deal or go to trial.

Peterson appeared before 1st District Court Judge Kevin Allen for a status hearing. He never spoke, while attorneys for both sides met in the judge’s chambers for 20 minutes before returning to the courtroom.

Judge Allen didn’t mention Decker’s case specifically but said attorneys had told him there might be a resolution to “some issues.” He ordered Peterson to appear again in court December 19.

On October 10, Peterson accepted a plea deal, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony. As part of the plea agreement, state attorneys dropped four other charges against him of obstructing justice. The agreement also requires the defendant to testify against Decker, if the co-defendant’s case goes to trial, before sentencing can take place.

Police allege Peterson and 17-year-old 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 was 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.

Tuesday, Decker appeared before 1st District Court Judge Brian Cannell. Prosecutors gave him until December 19 to accept their plea agreement.

Peterson is being held in the Millcreek Youth Center. He was transferred there in October, so that he and Decker would not be housed in the same facility.

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