March 5, 2024
A 14-year-old in Michigan was charged as an adult with the murder of his 10-year-old stepsister Wednesday.

A 14-year-old in Michigan was charged as an adult with the murder of his 10-year-old stepsister Wednesday.

District Judge Elian E.H. Fichtner arraigned Jameion Peterson on one count of murder in the first and second degree. According to Michigan state law, anyone charged with first- or second-degree murder must be charged as an adult. Both charges are life imprisonment offenses, but if Peterson is found guilty of first-degree murder, he will not have the possibility of parole.

Fichtner also denied Peterson bond in Saginaw County District Court.

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Peterson is alleged to have killed Na’Mylah J. Turner-Moore sometime before she was reported missing on Tuesday. Peterson’s father called Turner-Moore’s biological father that day to ask if she was with him, and upon discovering that she wasn’t, called 911, according to Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Blair N. Stevenson. Her mother was not at the Saginaw, Michigan, home at the time.

Officers searched for Turner-Moore on the block near Peterson’s home, eventually finding her body in an abandoned lot. Investigators believed she hadn’t been killed with a “dangerous” weapon of any sort.

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Turner-Moore’s cause of death is yet to be determined, with an autopsy scheduled to produce results in the next two months. She was the oldest of her mother’s children.

Peterson’s preliminary examination is set for Sept. 21.

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