Judge rules that teen accused in girlfriend's death will be tried as adult for murder



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SALT LAKE CITY — A Colorado teenager accused in his girlfriend's 2012 beating death will be tried as an adult in Utah.

Judge C. Dane Nolan ruled Tuesday that 17-year-old Darwin Christopher Bagshaw will be charged with murder in adult court.

The Associated Press doesn't normally name juveniles, but it is doing so in this case because he's being charged as an adult and because of the nature of the crime.

Prosecutors say Bagshaw was 14 when he killed the 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak's and dumped her body in the Jordan River after he heard she was pregnant, though it turned out she lied.

Christopher Bown, an attorney for Bagshaw, says he is disappointed but prepared to prove his client's innocence. Bown says Bagshaw would have had a better chance at rehabilitation in juvenile court.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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