Neighbors, family and even law enforcement officers knew of a teen’s dangerous past behavior. But no one thought he would one day be charged with killing his great grandmother.
On Tuesday the Douglas County District Attorney’s office confirmed the 15-year-old will be tried as an adult for malice murder and aggravated assault in the death of his great grandmother, who was killed with a Samurai sword, and the assault of his grandmother.
“He’s charged as an adult because under the law a 15-year-old charged with murder is charged as an adult,” District Attorney Mr. David McDade said.
Gevin Prince, who was originally reported to be 14, turned 15 years old last Thursday, Mr. McDade said.
The teen was also charged with an additional two counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly chased with the sword two neighbors who tried to intervene in Monday’s attack, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The neighbors, both juveniles, were not injured, Mr. McDade said.
A judge on Wednesday decided to withhold bond, leaving Gevin in the Douglas County jail.
Investigators said the attack at the family’s Spring Ridge Drive home in Douglasville began over a video game. Gevin’s great grandmother, Ms. Mary Joan Gibbs, and his grandmother, Ms. Laura Prince, told the teen to quit playing the games and go do his chores.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Maj. Tommy Wheeler gave the following account of what happened next:
He said Gevin retrieved the three-foot sword and allegedly slashed his 55-year-old grandmother on her arm before she barricaded herself in a room. He allegedly stabbed his great 77-year-old great grandmother who was sitting on a couch. He then followed her into the yard as she attempted to run for help and continued his attack.
By the time officers arrived, she was dead and the teen was standing on the porch with the sword and a pellet rifle. He walked to the edge of the yard and shot at patrol cars, breaking two windows.
Officers, unwilling to shoot the boy, looked for an opening. It came when he dropped the sword. Officers used a flash bang, a K-9 dog and a Taser to subdue the teen, then took him into custody.
Investigators said the teen has a history of violence, allegedly using a toilet seat to beat his mother last year when she told him his father had died. He was charged in June after allegedly cutting his grandmother on the leg, Maj. Wheeler said.
The teen, who officials described as disturbed, as undergone at least one mental evaluation. He was then returned to his grandmother’s care.
“Everybody knew about it, but they were in a situation where they couldn’t do anything about it,” Maj. Wheeler said of family and neighbors.
“It’s a real sad situation,” Maj. Wheeler said. “There is no excuse for this to go on this long. I wish someone had said this kid doesn’t need to be with these people because he’s dangerous.
“Everyone has the potential to be dangerous, but this kid showed he could be dangerous.”
Mr. McDade told the AJC that the teen will be mentally evaluated and any mental health issues will be taken into consideration.