8th Grader Charged with First Degree Murder

Jan 4, 2013

District Attorney Tim Harris
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JENKS, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor has filed first-degree murder and burglary charges against a 14-year-old boy in the shooting death of a 47-year-old Nevada woman who was killed while visiting her parents in Oklahoma.The teen has been identified in court papers as Joshua Mooney.

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris filed the charges Thursday in Tulsa County District Court, indicating that the teen will be prosecuted as an adult.

The teen is charged in the Dec. 17 death of Mary Escue. Authorities say Escue's body was found in her parents' home where she was visiting and planned to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Tulsa.

Police say the teen broke in through a bathroom window to look for money. Authorities say the teen shot Escue in the house and stole her car.