Hartford teen´s lawyers want him tried as juvenile in murder

5177VC0K93L394690_387670997958767_1215693808_aHarford teen’s lawyers want him tried as juvenile in murder

Robert C. Richardson III charged as adult in father’s killing

Robert Conley Richardson III                                            Robert Conley  Richardson III                                                 (submitted photo, BALTIMORE SUN / January  9,  2012)
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore  Sun8:07 p.m. EDT,  April 19, 2013

Lawyers for a Harford County teen accused of killing his father last year  attempted to convince a judge Friday that it would be unconstitutional to try  the 17-year-old as an adult.

Robert C. Richardson III’s attorneys also said the boy is suffering from the  effects of isolation at the county jail, asking at a motions hearing for their  client to be transferred to a facility for juveniles. They said he is being held  in solitary confinement at the Harford County Detention Center.

“The jail in Harford County does not have the capability to address the needs  of juvenile offenders and juvenile inmates,” lawyer Kay Beehler said at a  hearing Friday in Harford County Circuit Court. “Robert is isolated, absolutely  isolated.”

Circuit Judge Stephen Waldron did not rule on the motions Friday but said he  would issue an order on the request.

Richardson is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder, as  well as a gun violation, in the death of 58-year-old Robert C. Richardson Jr. in  January 2012. Police say the teen shot his father, left the body in a pond near  his grandmother’s Aberdeen home and confessed to the killing.

His trial had been scheduled for May but has been postponed until  October.

At the hearing Friday, Richardson attorney Stefanie McArdle pointed to a 2012  U.S. Supreme Court case, Miller v. Alabama, that struck down mandatory sentences  of life without parole for juvenile offenders. The high court said in the ruling  that such sentences violate the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and  unusual punishment.

McArdle said the Maryland law strips the courts of discretion to consider  certain factors — such as the age of a juvenile and the child’s mental and  physical condition — when deciding whether to charge a person as a juvenile or  adult.


Walter also noted that Richardson is allowed to talk on the phone, see  visitors and write letters.

“He does have communication with the outside world,” he said.



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