A 17-year-old has admitted to plotting the death of a teenage girl over her Snapchat posts. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Jayzon Decker admitted that he helped plan the attempted murder of Deserae Turner. His friend, 17-year-old Colter Danny Peterson, admitted to actually committing the shooting in October.
On February 16, the two teens lured the 14-year-old Turner to a Smithfield canal in Logan, Utah. Initially, they wanted to slit her throat, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Ultimately, Peterson shot Turner in the back of the head with a .22-caliber revolver they brought in case their original plan failed. The two boys then left her to die in the canal area after stealing cash and electronics from the girl’s backpack.
Her body was found hours afterwards. She spent nine weeks in the hospital before returning home to recover.
“This is a horrific act,” Cache County Attorney James Swink said, following Decker's hearing. “The sense of betrayal to Deserae, you can’t put words to that. How terrible it is to have two friends betray you and commit a terrible act on her is just awful for her.”
“What happened 10 months ago was a senseless tragedy that forever changed not only these three lives but also the lives of their families and our community,” said Turner's father. “This has been very hard, but through even our darkest days, we have seen the good in people.”
Added Decker's lawyer, “He is a young kid that has had a lot of time to think about it. He has been in detention almost a year or right around that amount of time. He has had a lot of time to think about it. He obviously wishes he could take what happened back, but he knows that he can’t and he needs to move on. Obviously he feels bad about what’s happened to her and her physical condition, and things such as that.”
The motive behind the attack was apparently the fact that Turner sent annoying Snapchat messages, according to New York Daily News.
Decker pleaded guilty to first-degree felony attempted aggravated murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Peterson previously pleaded guilty to aggravated attempted murder and robbery.
[Photo: Smithfield Police Dept]