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3 of 4 teens in beating may be tried as adults

DUCHESNE — Prosecutors will seek to have three of the four teens tried as adults on charges of attempted murder in the beating of a 15-year-old girl.

All four of the Roosevelt-area teens will remain incarcerated in a Vernal juvenile detention facility while they await their preliminary hearings on felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, mayhem and misdemeanor consumption of alcohol. The charges stem from a Feb. 16 assault at a Roosevelt home.

The 15-year-old victim, who knew her alleged assailants, suffered serious facial and head injuries, including an ear tha was partially torn off. The teens reportedly had been drinking when they began arguing with the victim. She was rescued about 30 minutes after the assault began by her mother, who returned to the home where she had dropped her daughter off about an hour earlier so the girl could visit a friend.

Duchesne County Deputy Attorney Roland Uresk told 8th District Juvenile Court Judge Larry Steele he will seek to have three of the teens certified to stand trial as adults, if they are bound over for trial at their March 14 preliminary hearing.