Attorney: Boy Too Young For Prison
James Martin Davis: Charges Are Politically Motivated
OMAHA, Neb. --
A 15-year-old boy police said shot at an Omaha police officer who was chasing him Friday is too young to go to prison, said defense attorney James Martin Davis.
Davis isn't officially representing Cameron Williams, but he said the first thing he'd do if he takes the case is to request a transfer to juvenile court.
"Unless we want to go back to the Dark Ages, and put 12-year-old kids in prison, we've got to give the juvenile court a chance. That's why we have it," Davis said.
Police said Williams fired at least two shots at officer Josiah Warren after a traffic stop near 84th and G streets.
Warren returned fire, hitting the boy in the chest. Williams was taken to the hospital Friday in critical condition. The bullet struck his lung. He has since improved and was alert and talking Tuesday during a hospital visit from his mother.
Davis said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine's decision to charge Williams is politically motivated.
"He's 15 years old. Those kids haven't even matured yet. I don't know if he had any conception at the time he did it," Davis said.
Kleine, however, said the decision wasn't tough.
He said Williams had 3.5 pounds of marijuana on him when he was shot. He also said the boy had almost $5,000 on him.
Investigators said a bullet fired at Warren hit the ground just in front of him. Another bullet struck a Fed Ex truck next to the officer, Kleine said.
Kleine said the seriousness of the crime makes it obvious Williams should be charged as an adult.
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