The juvenile charged in the accidental shooting death of 16-year-old Kaylee Jacob of Effingham was in court Wednesday. The defendant, who has been in a juvenile detention center since October, appeared for a motion seeking for him to be released to electronic home confinement. The motion was denied by Judge Kimberly Koester.
Defense Attorney Janet Fowler, who is representing the defendant along with County Public Defender Scott Schmidt, said that the juvenile would be able to begin transitioning to some sense of normalcy if he were released to home confinement. Fowler also contended that once released, the teenager could begin receiving counseling to help with his processing of what occurred.
In denying the motion for release Judge Koester expressed concern about the living situation that the teen would be placed in. Effingham County States Attorney Bryan Kibler also said that the defendant was already subject to a court appointed curfew when the shooting occurred, which Kibler said showed no concern for the court’s previous orders.
The next court date in the case will be on Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00pm. At this time a motion will be heard to move the case to adult court.