Judge rules teen murder suspect can be tried as adult

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A 16-year-old Kearns boy accused of murdering his classmate will be tried as an adult.

A judge ruled that Ricky Angilau cannot be tried as a juvenile, despite arguments from Angilau's attorneys that the law that would bind him over to adult court is unconstitutional.

Salt Lake County prosecutors say the law is clear. "There are only two types of cases that are going to get you automatically landed in adult court if you're 16 or 17, and they are homicide or aggravated murder," said Salt Lake County Deputy District Attorney Alicia Cook.

Angilau is charged with first-degree felony murder for the Jan. 21 shooting death of Esteban Saidi just a few blocks away from their school. Court records say Saidi, 16, was watching a fist fight between Angilau and another student. The records say Angilau got tired, pulled out a gun and shot it once in the air and then into a group of people, hitting and killing Saidi.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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