A nine-year-old Chicago boy started crying in the court during his hearing after he was caught and accused of murdering his five relatives in a horrific house fire.
Initially, the boy remained bewildered during his hearing in Illinois as he had no idea what was going around later, he started sobbing quietly.
The boy is facing five counts of first-degree murder for starting the fire on April 6, 2019, at the Timberline Mobile Home Park, a hundred and fifty miles southwest of Chicago.
The kid ran next to the door to his grandparents’ house to ask for them after the house was set out on fire.
One-year-old Ariel and her brother Daemon Wall and cousin Rose Alwood, 34-year-old Jason Wall, and along with 69-year-old Kathryn Murray did not survive the accident.
While mother Katrina Alwood, 28, utterly backs her son, saying that “people make mistakes, and that’s what this is. Yes, it was a very horrible tragedy, but it is still not something to throw his life away over.”
The boy has the next hearing on November 22. Under Illinois law, a suspect younger than ten cannot be detained, given that a minor can’t be presented before a public jury trial and thus is not entitled to receive any punishment unless the minor is charged as an adult.
According to the records, no child of this age has ever been accused of any mass killing since at least 2006.
The public prosecutors are currently facing a big challenge with trying to prove that the kid formed an intent to kill in advance, which is a major requirement for every first-degree case.
Greg Minger (Woodford County State’s Attorney) commented that “it was a heavy decision” to charge the boy. It is a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it is charging a young person with one of the most serious crimes we have.”