The juvenile charged in the accidental shooting death of 16-year-old Effingham resident Kaylee Jacob was in court Tuesday for a motion to move the case to adult court. The motion was filed by Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler. Jacob was killed in October of last year when she was shot by a handgun that had been stolen from a vehicle parked in the Lake Sara area. Authorities believe that the shooting was accidental, and the result of the juvenile being unaware that a bullet was in the chamber of the gun.
The motion to bring the juvenile to trial as an adult was filed by Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler. Kibler said that the court should give serious weight to the charge in the case, and the loss of Kaylee’s life, as well as to the minor in the case’s history of delinquencies. The individual charged has previously been on probation for marijuana possession and obstructing a peace officer.
State’s Attorney Kibler called two witnesses to the stand, Effingham Police Department Detective Scott Volpi and Effingham County Probation Officer Brian Haskenherm. Detective Volpi was questioned about the details of Kaylee Jacob’s death. Officer Haskenherm detailed the juvenile in the case’s previous record.
Effingham County Public Defender Scott Schmidt, who is representing the juvenile, called Dr. Alexander James as a witness. James is a clinical psychologist based out of Edwardsville. He conducted an extensive interview and evaluation of the defendant in the case. Dr. James answered questions about the defendant’s mental well being and state of mind. Dr. James found the defendant to be remorseful for his actions, and showed a capability to live a fulfilling life after his time in a juvenile center.
Public Defender Schmidt stated that the defendant should be tried as an adult. He said that while the consequences were tragic, the results were not intended, and that a juvenile prison would be a better facility for the juvenile to be rehabilitated than if he were brought to trial as an adult.
Judge Kimberly Koester is overseeing the case. She said that she will weigh the sides of the State and the Defense, and bring forward a ruling at an appearance next week on February 24 at 2:00pm.