Why is teen suspect in triple homicide charged with 4 counts of murder?
ROSEBURG, Ore. - The teen accused in the triple slaying of his foster mother and two siblings was arraigned on four counts of aggravated murder.
Court documents show prosecutors are charging the 16-year-old defendant with one count of aggravated murder for each of the victims.
Under Oregon law, the fourth charge of murder stems from the age of one of the victims. Oregon law includes provisions for such charges when the victim is under the age of 14.
One of the victims - Payshience "Tia" Adams, the suspect's biological sister - was only 10. She died November 7 along with the suspect's foster mother, Donya Adams, 55; and foster sister, Amory Adams, 26.
Court documents show Robert Adams, the boy's foster father, called emergency dispatchers shortly before 9 p.m. to report that his foster son killed his family.
Sgt. Brad O'Dell with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said investigators are working hard on the case, but it will take time to complete the job.
"Make sure that we're doing a really good job for the public and justice for the victims and we're very careful and methodical when we do these investigations," O'Dell said.