DA speaks out on Henderson double slaying - WNEM TV 5

DA speaks out on Henderson double slaying

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District Attorney Steve Wolfson characterized a double slaying in Henderson as a crime of emotion. (FOX5) District Attorney Steve Wolfson characterized a double slaying in Henderson as a crime of emotion. (FOX5)
Adrian Navarro-Canales looks around a Henderson courtroom on Sept. 30, 2013, during his first appearance before a judge. (FOX5) Adrian Navarro-Canales looks around a Henderson courtroom on Sept. 30, 2013, during his first appearance before a judge. (FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

Adrian Navarro-Canales made his first appearance in a Henderson courtroom on Monday, choosing to remain nearly silent.

The teen is accused of stabbing his mother and younger brother to death.

The teen will go to trial, but even if found guilty, he could serve as little as 10 years in prison. That would be the minimum punishment if he were found guilty of second-degree murder.

For Adrian to be found guilty of first-degree murder, a jury would have to determine the crime was deliberate. The maximum punishment would be life in prison without parole.

While the teen said little in court, District Attorney Steve Wolfson had plenty to say. He described the slayings as a crime of emotion.

"It tells me he must be an angry young man, most have emotions that rose to a level of rage," Wolfson said. "Something was playing out in this young man's mind."

While Wolfson can only speculate about motives, he said there is a reason the teen is charged as an adult.

"We aren't talking about a 5-year-old. We aren't talking about a 7-year-old. We are talking about a 16-year-old who, one would think, would have the wherewithal to know the difference between right and wrong," he said.

Because Adrian is not yet 18, he is ineligible for the death penalty.

The teen's mental state is cause for concern for his public defender, Joseph Abood. The attorney said his first step will be to seek a mental evaluation for his client.

Wolfson said the most surprising aspect of the case is the fact that the teen was able to remain on the run for nearly a week.

Adrian is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 30 for a preliminary hearing.

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