Teen accused in 12-year old's murder to remain in jail

Judge orders plan to restore mental condition

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A 17-year old accused of murdering a neighbor girl will not be released from juvenile detention.

The teen was charged with aggravated murder in the death of 12-year old Kylie Vijil.  Her body was found in a vacant field in July 2015.


uesday, a juvenile judge ruled determined he will remain in juvenile detention while his mental condition is addressed.

In December, Judge James Michie ruled the teen was incompetent for trial and Tuesday, Vijil's family attorney learned it will be several more months before efforts to restore his competency will be completed.

"We're a year and a half after Kylie passed away and (we) haven't even started the case," said Spencer Banks with the Utah Crimes Legal Clinic representing the Vijil family.

Because he is a minor, the juvenile can't be treated at the state hospital.  The judge asked the state to develop a plan to restore his competency and asked the juvenile to help out.

"We have some work to do and I want you to work as hard as you can and we'll review your case as we need to," Judge James Michie said to the teen.

In July 2015, Vijil's body was found in a field in West Valley.

Prosecutors claimed the 12-year Vijil was lured from her home by her 15-year old neighbor who was looking for his cat.

Police were called later that night after she failed to return.

The next morning, police found Vijil's body lying in some weeds in a vacant field near her neighborhood.

The 15-year old neighbor was arrested later that day and eventually charged in juvenile court with aggravated murder.

"They just want the case to move forward as quickly as possible," said Banks. "They feel the defendant is competent but the judge disagrees. They've accepted that.  So they're hoping at some point this attainment plan will work and justice will be served."

The judge ordered a review of the teen's progress to be ready by April.
 


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