(Memphis) Seventeen-year-old Martiness Henderson and Walter Collins are no longer considered juveniles in the eyes of a Shelby County judge.
Claiborne Ferguson is defending Henderson in court.
He said, “There were tears on both sides.”
The two, along with 21-year-old Brandon Vance, are accused of killing a man and stealing his car in March.
Wednesday, they learned their case is far from over.
The three made an appointment to meet Larry Wilkins at midnight to look at his 2006 Ford Mustang, which Wilkins had posted for sale on Craigslist.
Wilkins was later found dead, and his car was found near Frayser.
Even though Henerson and Collins were 17 at the time of the murder, they will be charged as adults.
Claiborne Ferguson explained, “We learned that the juvenile defendants have basically confessed to being involved in a crime. We obviously will continue to fight that and make sure they were given truthfully, and voluntarily.”
Police say Henderson admitted pulling the trigger, but his lawyer says the law may be on their side.
Ferguson said, “The Supreme Court of the United States has said you cannot give a life sentence to a juvenile. The only sentence for first degree murder is a life sentence. So we will be fighting whether or not this sentencing is constitutional.
Lawyers say the criminal court trial will start in four to six months.