YAKIMA, Wash.--A judge ruled Friday that a 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a man to death outside the Yakima Transit Center last October will be tried as an adult.
According to court testimony, Daniel Perez shot 26-year-old Octavio Rangel five times, twice in the back of the head.
Prosecutors said Perez and the victim were both gang members and the young man became violent after an altercation.
The judge said Perez will be tried as an adult because the crime was so violent.
"Based upon the testimony of the witnesses, and this courts fear that the respondent will likely return to this community upon release and likely rejoin his gang, the court is convinced that this factor weighs heavily in favor of declining jurisdiction," said Judge Richard Bartheld.
Perez has been moved to Yakima County Jail and his bail is set at $500,000.