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District Attorney: Teen murder suspect to be tried as adult

A teen accused of a Rio Grande City murder will be tried as an adult, according to District Attorney Omar Escobar.

On Thursday, a judge signed an order transferring jurisdiction to an adult court, Escobar said.

Judge Romero Molina delayed a ruling on Tuesday, when the state and defense presented closing arguments in the murder case out of Starr County. Counsel representing the juvenile suspect argued that there hasn’t been any evidence presented to prove that the juvenile was directly involved in Olivarez’s murder.

The teen—who also faces a tampering with physical evidence charge— is accused of helping dispose of 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez’s body by burning, dismembering and later disposing of it in plastic bags at a nearby lagoon area, as CBS 4 News previously reported.

Two others accused of participating in Olivarez's murder await court proceedings.

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