Teen Charged With Attempted Murder Hopes to Be Tried As Juvenile
Marvin Frazier, the 15-year-old Germantown boy, who is facing life in prison on attempted murder charges and being tried as an adult for opening fire with a gun at schoolmates earlier this month is hoping to be tried as a juvenile.
Frazier was in court Friday in Rockville for a preliminary hearing before Judge John C. Moffett, but the Frazier’s attorney Jennifer B. Page asked for a two-week continuance and the hearing was rescheduled for Friday, April 10.
Frazier, whose nickname is “Squeak” because of his small stature – he is listed in court documents as 5-foot, 3-inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, appeared in court with his father. He stood quietly as Judge Moffett and his attorney discussed the rescheduling of the case.
“We are obviously going to try to have this waived down to juvenile court,” said Page after court proceeding were concluded. “I think our chances of pretty good to have that happen.” She said the court will use a report from the Maryland Division of Juvenile Services which will determine if Frazier’s case may be moved to Juvenile Court.
Page said that the DJS will use five factors to make that determination; age, size, past juvenile record, background and willingness to get treatment.
“Obviously, if you are seventeen, you’re less likely to be waived back,” said Page. Frazier is just 15 and won’t turn 16 until the end of May. “Another factor is size. He is not a hulking guy, so that can make a difference. He is very soft spoken young man.”
Page said that Frazier is complying with all the Pre-Trial Assessments and Supervision requirements. On condition of his bond hearing, Judge Hamilton ordered that Frazier is released must remain on strict “24/7 curfew” at his residence on Whitechurch Circle in Germantown and undergo mental fitness testing. His attorney said the Frazier has been home and wearing an ankle bracelet and regularly checking-in with his Pre-Trial Supervisors as well as providing urine samples. “This shows a willingness to be rehabilitated,” said Page of Frazier.