Seventh Grader Arrested for Capital Murder

This week’s article is a doozy: a 12-year old boy allegedly shot and killed a 24-year old man as he sat in his own home. Allegedly the boy was seen running from the home in all black clothing, including a black bandanna covering his face. Check out the story HERE .

Texas penal law prohibits sentencing a person under age 14 to the death penalty. As a result, the boy can be sentenced up to 40 years in prison. At some point after conviction, he’d be certified as an adult and complete his 40-year sentence in an adult facility.

Assuming nothing changes with this story, here are 3 questions:

  1. Should society be able to execute a 12-year old boy for capital murder? Explain.
  2. Should society be able to lock up a 12-year old boy for capital murder? Explain.
  3. What penalty do you believe is fair and just. Explain.