Farmington • A 15-year-old West Point boy accused of fatally stabbing his two adopted brothers waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
The teen's attorney, Todd Sessions, told 2nd District Juvenile Judge Janice Frost: "... there is enough probable cause to charge him with what he's been charged with. He'd like to waive his preliminary hearing."
A status hearing in the case is set for Oct. 8.
Davis County prosecutors have said they will seek to certify the teen and prosecute him in adult court. The certification evidence will be presented to Frost at a hearing that has yet to be scheduled.
During Tuesday's hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes, the teen wearing a blue shirt and glasses sat at the defense table with his father by his side and spoke only when spoken to by the judge.
After the hearing, defense attorney Todd Utzinger reiterated his belief that the teen should remain in the juvenile system, noting that he had barely turned 15 went the alleged crime occurred.
Asked by The Tribune if the teen comprehends that his brothers are dead, Utzinger said, "Obviously, he's aware of the gravity of the situation."
Utzinger added when asked how the teen is doing: "It's difficult being in that situation, but he's coping with everything as best he can."
The attorney said that the teen's parents and family several of whom, including a grandfather, were in court on Tuesday continue to support him.
Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson has said that the bodies of the two victims were found in their West Point home on May 22 around 7:35 p.m. He said the boys appeared to have suffered "penetrating knife wounds."
Deputies rushed to the home at 120 S. 1660 West after the boys' mother called 911 to report finding her 4-year-old son dead on the floor of the home, and her 15-year-old and 10-year-old sons missing.
Deputies found the 10-year-old's body in another part of the house, then issued a missing person alert for the 15-year-old, who was found late that night in nearby Layton.
The Tribune initially reported the name of the 15-year-old in an effort to help police locate him. However, after the teen's arrest, and consistent with the newspaper's policy of not naming juvenile criminal suspects, his name is now being withheld.
The teen was found walking on the street by Layton police about 11:30 p.m., about 8 miles from the crime scene. Authorities said the teen did not have a weapon when he was found, but traces of blood were found on him. He was taken to the hospital to be checked before questioning and was then booked into the Farmington Bay Youth Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of homicide, Richardson said.
The teen has no criminal history, according to court officials.