Morning Poll: Should 16-Year-Old Accused of Murdering Girlfriend's Mother Be Charged as Adult?

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The Maricopa County Attorney's Office decided yesterday that it will try Braden Matthew Rockriver as an adult for allegedly murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend's mother earlier this week.

Rockriver's not exactly an adult, though -- he's 16.

According to Mesa police, Rockriver made plans to steal his father's gun and kill either himself, his girlfriend, or end both their lives in a murder/suicide. However, his girlfriend's mother, 42-year-old Denna Strebe, got in the way.

Rockriver, police say, broke into the Strebe's garage, waited for someone to open a door leading into the house, and then forced his way in when Denna Strebe opened the door.

After a brief scuffle, the gun went off. The bullet hit Strebe in the head, killing her.

Rockriver may be 16, but his alleged crime is pretty heinous -- as we mentioned, police say he planned to kill someone hours before he carried out his murderous plot. That's called premeditation.

See our story on Strebe's murder here.

If you ask us -- and County Attorney Bill Montgomery -- Rockriver fits the bill for a juvenile who should be tried as an adult. But we want to know what you think: should Rockriver be tried as an adult?

Cast your vote below.



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Charlie
Charlie

How about letting her Denna's friends, like me, take care of the little punk!

tdl
tdl

He went to the house with the intent to murder the daughter and then killing himself.  After he murdered the mother he went to the daughter's bedroom looking for her, fortunately she was not there, so he ran away.  He absolutely should be tried as an adult. 

VakBoo
VakBoo

I see no reason why he should not be charged as an adult. Commit an adult crime then pay the price.

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Mistalee
Mistalee

If he would have offed a spammer instead, he'd be a hero. 

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Here's a reason: as an adolescent, his brain isn't fully developed. Nor is his personality. That's why there has traditionally been a juvenile justice system.

Ross
Ross

Was Laura Bush tried as an adult for involuntary manslaughter?

P_lamp
P_lamp

Did Laura Bush plan, arm herself and lay in wait for her victim? He purposefully took the life of an amazing person - who died a hero for saving her family! It is absolutely RIDICULOUS to try to turn this tragedy into a political debate.

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