Three teenagers accused of brutal beating an 81-year-old woman to death went before a judge and found they would be tried as adults.
It was an emotional afternoon outside the courthouse Tuesday. The family of two of the teens came to show their support but also their condolences.
Lisa White could barely contain herself in court after seeing her daughters 17-year-old Angelique Nash and 15-year-old Katila Nash before a judge on charges of murder.
Seventeen-year-old David Moses joined them as the three pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering 81-year-old Dorothy Pauline Session.
On April 14, sheriff deputies said Session was found around 6:30 p.m. in her living room by her grandson.
Deputies said he went to check up on her after Session had missed an appointment earlier in the day.
Deputies said they don't know how long Session had been lying injured in her home.
They said Session had severe injuries on her nose, cheek bone and on the side of her face.
Authorities believe the suspects entered Sessions home through an unlocked back door and assaulted Session. It does not appear that any items were stolen.
During the investigation, detectives received information that before the assault, two Hispanic or black females and one black male were walking through the neighborhood.
According to witnesses, these people were knocking on doors, checking to see if anyone was home.
The Kern County Sheriff's Department arrested 17-year-old Angelique Elandra Nash and her sister, 15-year-old Katila Ann Jean Nash, Saturday afternoon near the Extended Stay Hotel at 3600 Chester Lane after homicide detectives were contacted about the girls' whereabouts.
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The girls were taken into custody without incident and brought to the Sheriff's Office for questioning. They were booked into juvenile hall on charges of murder, burglary and conspiracy.
Detectives continued to receive numerous tips throughout the day about 17-year-old David Deshawn Moses' whereabouts, and at midnight, homicide detectives received information from the family's pastor that Moses would turn himself in.
At 1 a.m. on Sunday, the pastor brought Moses to Kern County Juvenile Hall. Deputies took Moses into custody without incident.
Moses was taken to the sheriff's office, questioned and then booked into juvenile hall on charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy.
Sheriff Donny Youngblood said, In my mind, these juveniles emancipated themselves in the last few days, and I hope the DA agrees that these three should be treated like adults."
The district attorney's office has decided to try the teens as adults in this case.
The three teens are scheduled to be in court again on July 8.
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