Trial Date Set for Teen Who Shot at Students
The trial for the Seneca Valley High School student facing life in prison for attempted murder has been scheduled for July.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge John W. Debelius III set July 21, 2015 as the date for a jury trial for 15-year-old Marvin Frazier, the Germantown teen who is accused of firing a number of shots at fellow students back in March. Frazier has been charged as adult by Montgomery County Police.
However, prior to trial the court will hear a motion by Frazier’s attorney Jennifer B. Page to waive this case down to juvenile court on July 2, 2015 in front of Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr.
Page said that the chances of getting the case were “pretty good” after an earlier court appearance. 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. The Division of Juvenile Services will use five factors to make that determination; age, size, past juvenile record, background and willingness to get treatment.
In the meantime, Frazier must remain at home on Whitechurch Circle in Germantown on strict 24/7 curfew. 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.
Frazier was arrested on March 12, after an incident which occurred on the morning of March 9 when Montgomery County Police were called to the area of 19641 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.
According to court documents, a witness “observed a black male point a handgun at a group of others and fire two or three shots.” After arriving on the scene, police were unable to locate any victims or evidence of a shooting. However, after canvasing the neighborhood, police were able to locate three residents who had also stated hearing two or three gunshots in the area, which is less than a block away from Seneca Valley High School.
The charging documents indicate that police were able to piece together Frazier’s involvement in the shooting after the younger brother other the student Frazier was to fight was arrested on Tuesday, March 10 for possessing a knife on school property at Martin Luther King Middle School. The knife was discovered after a fight with Marvin Frazier’s younger brother. As a result of this incident, school security at MLKMS were concerned that something might happen at Seneca Valley High School because both of the students involved had older brothers attending the high school.
At this point, according to court documents, Montgomery County police were called to Seneca Valley High School. The school went into another “Shelter Procedure.” Police interviewed the brother of the student who brought the knife to MLKMS, and after a search, located another knife and the student was arrested for possessing a knife on school property, according to court documents.
According to charging documents in this case, investigators determined that the boy brought the knife to school “for protection because someone tried to shoot him on March 9.” He also told police that he and Frazier were “having a disagreement and were going to fight it out at a location off of school property,” said court documents. The boy told police that when he arrived at the location for the fight, “Frazier began shooting at him and his friends,” said court documents.
On March 12, police were able to obtain messages from one of the boy’s mobile devices which further implicated Frazier in the shooting, and he was arrested at his residence later that morning.
According to Page, she is working to get Frazier back into the school system. Although he may not return to Seneca Valley High School.