Three teens accused of the summertime killing of another teen in Birmingham appeared in court on Monday, Jan. 14.
The suspects were only in court for about 30 minutes. They went to a back room and filled out paperwork asking for youthful offender status. This does not mean they will automatically get it.
On March 15, Judge Tommy Nail will hear arguments from both sides about why these suspects should or should not get youthful offender status.
Arnold Bracy, Alfred Davis and Damien McKenzie are charged with capitol murder for the death of 16-year-old Brandon Dozier. Investigators say he was shot to death at a home on Lee Avenue in Birmingham last June.
If the three suspects are granted youthful offender status, they would waive their right to a jury trial. They would plead guilty to youthful offender status, not guilty to the crime. The suspects could only receive a maximum sentence of three years in prison and three years probation, and it would also restrict the amount of information released to the public.
It is not uncommon for suspects under 21 to apply for youthful offender status. Most attorneys say it is at least worth a shot to apply for it.
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