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14-year-old shot dead in carjacking, charged as adult

14-year-old shot dead in carjacking, charged as adult

A 14-year-old boy in Michigan has been charged as an adult in the alleged murder of a 17-year-old boy.

Jack Snyder was driving home from his girlfriend’s birthday party in Battle Creek when he saw two teenagers walking outside on Feb. 17. Snyder offered the two teenagers a ride home because it was below freezing outside.

The two teenagers, ages 13 and 14, broke into Snyder’s car and then tried to steal it, police said. Snyder, a National Honor Society member who played college football, resisted and was shot twice.

The Battle Creek Police Department said it arrested a 14-year-old on Friday.

“As part of today’s investigation and efforts, detectives recovered a weapon they suspect was involved in the murder,” police said. “Confirmation of this is pending forensic analysis.”

On Sunday, the 13-year-old turned himself in to the police.

WZZM reported, “The 13-year-old suspect, who was not publicly identified, was charged with murder, first-degree felony murder and carjacking.”

On Friday, the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office charged Judge Chimner, 14, as an adult. Chimmer was charged with murder, carjacking and two weapons-related violations. He faces up to life in prison.

Chimner pleaded not guilty.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said Chimner has a criminal record for stealing and attempting to sell a gun.

Both teenagers are being held without bail at a juvenile detention center.

According to WXMI, “In the state of Michigan, a child between the ages of 14 and 17 can be tried as an adult without judicial authorization if charged with felony murder.”

Battle Creek Police Sergeant Jeff Case said at a news conference, “The victim was trying to be a good Samaritan by giving them a ride in the cold temperatures. I know he resisted the carjacking. So , again, I was trying to help them. But I wasn’t just going to give the car away.”

Snyder’s obituary said, “Students and faculty described Jack as cheerful, charismatic, athletic and humorous. One who left an indelible mark on all who knew him.”

Snyder is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother.

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