Judge moves teen suspect to adult court in deadly robbery case

CREATED Dec 11, 2012

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WAUWATOSA - A judge in Wauwatosa decided that a 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult in a deadly robbery case.

LaVarray Johnkin was to remain at a juvenile detention center, facing five charges.

He appeared in a children's court in Wauwatosa on Tuesday.

Police say Johnkin helped a man shoot two of his neighbors during an armed robbery, killing Daron Coleman.

"He was a remarkable kid," said Oliver Henderson, Coleman's father.

Johnkin also allegedly shot and injured Coleman's 12-year-old sister.

"She's improving, but the amount of harm that's been done to her - it's going to be a while," explained Henderson to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Judge Dennis Cimpl dismissed Johnkin's juvenile case and replaced it in adult court.

The teenager remains on $250,000 bail.

Johnkin's attorney insists the teenager is innocent.

The attorney argues there is no evidence linking him to the crime.

Police continue to search for the person who pulled the trigger.

Johnkin was to return to court on January 18th for a preliminary hearing.