Arraignment postponed again for teen accused of shooting parents in Golden Gate Estates

Crain's arraignment postponed

Teen is accused of shooting parents in ...

Attorneys again postponed the arraignment of a Naples teenager accused of shooting his parents in their Golden Gate Estates home.

Alex Crain, 14, was arrested on a pair of second-degree murder charges in the fatal shootings of parents Thomas, 40, and Kelly Crain, 39, in December. He currently awaits the filing of formal charges by state prosecutors, a move that will determine the severity of a possible sentence.

Monday, Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo told Collier Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie that the state awaited a report from a psychiatrist appointed by prosecutors to evaluate Crain. Attorneys for Crain have already conducted their own evaluation with a separate psychiatrist.

Crain's arraignment is now scheduled for March 15.

Defense attorney Mark Rankin said he and co-counsel Brian Bieber were willing to wait for the state to finish its work. The attorneys, with Crain's family, are pushing for the teenager to be tried as a juvenile, a designation that would lessen the severity of any possible punishment.

"They'll hopefully see he's a little boy, 14 years old, and he should be charged as a (juvenile)," Rankin said.

Crain appeared with Rankin for the brief hearing. Clad in a blue detention jumpsuit, he clasped his hands behind his back and looked forward. More than a dozen family members and supporters occupied two benches of the courtroom.

Crain will remain in juvenile detention until his arraignment.

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