The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Ernest Watkins IV, charged with first-degree murder for a fatal Fields Corner stabbing in 2012, can be tried as an adult.
Watkins had sought to be tried in juvenile court, which cannot impose a life sentence. A Superior Court judge denied his motion. The Supreme Judicial Court said the case raised no double-jeopardy questions and that Watkins can be tried as an adult under a state law that sets 14 as the minimum age for adult murder cases.
The court said that if Watkins doesn't like the verdict he gets - he faces life - then he can appeal.