A 17-year-old has been accused of causing the death of four people in central California
In central California, a 17-year-old boy accused of killing four members of a neighboring family appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and entered the juvenile equivalent of a not-guilty plea. Identified in juvenile court only by the initials R.I. due to his age, the teenager was ordered to remain in custody. If convicted of the four murder charges, he would be held in juvenile hall until the age of 25.
Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking to try him as an adult, which could result in a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Residing next door to the victims in the small town of Reedley, southwest of Fresno, the teen faces charges for the deaths of 81-year-old Billy Bond, 61-year-old Darrell Bond, 44-year-old Guadalupe Bond, and 43-year-old Matthew Bond.
The bodies of Billy Bond, Darrell Bond, and Guadalupe Bond were discovered in the backyard of their residence on Saturday, with one found in a shallow grave, according to the police. Matthew Bond’s body was found in the detached garage of the teenager’s home on Tuesday, leading to his subsequent arrest. Although the details of the killings have not been disclosed by the police, they mentioned that a safe inside the victims’ home, containing guns and money, had been forcibly opened and emptied, indicating a potential motive, as reported by The Fresno Bee.