Legal Escalation: Additional Charges Filed Against Teens in Fatal Las Vegas Bicyclist Hit-and-Run Video Case

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Prosecutors filed new criminal charges Monday against two teens being detained as adults in the videotaped murder of a retired former Southern California police chief while riding his bicycle on a Las Vegas street. The teenagers, aged 18 and 16, are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday following at least three hit-and-run accidents on the morning of Aug. 14, including the alleged deliberate crash that killed cyclist Andreas “Andy” Probst, 64. Due of their ages, the Associated Press is not naming the teenagers. Probst retired as police chief in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell in 2009.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he charged the 18-year-old with five felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted murder, assault with a weapon, fleeing the scene of an accident, and possession of a stolen car. A battery with a weapon charge was added to the 16-year-old’s murder and attempted murder charges. The elder defendant’s public lawyer, David Westbrook, declined to comment on the additional allegations. Westbrook stated that his client was 17 at the time of his arrest last month.

During his initial court appearance on Friday, the younger youngster was not represented by an attorney. On Tuesday, a lawyer will be selected to represent him in court.

“The behavior exhibited by (the) defendants… is outrageous and cannot be tolerated in this community,” Wolfson said in a statement.

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Young Offenders Face Maximum 20 Years to Life Sentence in Fatal Hit-and-Run Case

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Prosecutors filed new criminal charges Monday against two teens being detained as adults in the videotaped murder of a retired former Southern California police chief while riding his bicycle on a Las Vegas street.

The teenagers are not eligible for the death sentence. If they are convicted in adult court of murder committed before the age of 18, the maximum penalty they may get in state prison is 20 years to life. According to authorities, the youths were in a stolen Hyundai automobile that struck a 72-year-old biker, drove away, slammed into a Toyota Corolla, and then drove away again before striking Probst.

The footage, captured from the front passenger seat, shows the youngsters conversing and joking as the car approaches Probst and collides with the bicycle from behind. Probst’s body smacks through the hood and windshield before landing on the ground adjacent to the curb.

That day, the 18-year-old was apprehended. The 16-year-old was detained last week after police launched their search for the individual who shot the video that was circulating at a high school.

 

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Source: Independent

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