16-year-old in family stabbing case seeking juvenile status

16-year-old in family stabbing case seeking juvenile status

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ An attorney for a 16-year-old charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings wants a judge to consider certifying the teenager as a youthful offender under Oklahoma's juvenile code.

Attorney Rob Nigh argued Friday that 16-year-old Michael Bever should be a candidate for a youthful offender and says he's prepared to offer evidence that Bever was plagued with mental illness and showed a ``disconnection from reality.''

Bever is currently charged as an adult with his brother, 18-year-old Robert Bever, in the killings.Prosecutors say Michael Bever understood what he was doing by conspiring with his brother to ``slaughter five of their family members.''

Special Judge Martha Rupp Carter will announce her ruling on the request Monday. A preliminary hearing for the brothers is set for January 22nd.