Arraignment for teens accused in separate homicides postponed

Alex Crain appears in court

Arraignment postponed for teen accused of killing ...

Arraignments for two Collier County teenagers accused in separate homicide cases were both postponed today, as prosecutors determine how to file charges in each matter.

Alex Crain, 14, arrested in December on two second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of his parents, is now scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 28. The arraignment for Jorge Saavedra, 15, the teenager charged in January’s stabbing death of a fellow Palmetto Ridge High student, was also postponed, until Feb. 23.

Crain appeared briefly in court on Monday morning. Clad in a blue detention jumpsuit, he stood with attorney Brian Bieber as his case was discussed. Collier Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie set the new arraignment date, and she agreed to keep Crain in detention until March 4.

The teenager’s family members were present for the brief hearing, and Crain produced a faint smile when he spotted them.

Attorneys in the case await the third, and final, psychiatric evaluation of the teenager, who is accused of killing Thomas Crain, 40, and his wife, Kelly, 39, in the family’s Golden Gate Estates home. Bieber told reporters on Monday that two psychiatric reports, both scheduled by Bieber and co-counsel Mark Rankin, have been completed. The third report, scheduled by prosecutors, is expected in the next two weeks, he said.

Crain’s attorneys are urging prosecutors to charge their client as a juvenile, a designation that would bring lighter penalties than otherwise. The scope of the evaluations is broad, Bieber said, and he said prosecutors have been thorough in their probe of Crain’s background.

Saavedra did not appear on Monday morning. Charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Dylan Nuno, the teenager also awaits word on whether he’ll be charged as an adult or a juvenile. His family arrived early at the hearing but left before Brodie began calling cases.

Jorge Saavedra is now scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 23.

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