KENNEWICK, Wash. - A hearing is scheduled Friday to determine if the teenager charged with helping cover up the murder of his mother and sister will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile.
15-year-old Donald Schalchlin is officially charged with rendering criminal assistance in the 1st degree for the murder of his mother 41-year-old Ellen Schalchlin and his sister 13-year-old Elizabeth.
Benton County Sheriff Deputies say Donald tried to conceal the identity of his friend Joshua Tucker who is charged for committing the two murders. Donald Schalchlin was also seen leaving the scene with Tucker the night of the murder.
Today a judge will decide whether or not Schalchlin will be tried as an adult or a juvenile. If he is tried as a juvenile he could face a matter of weeks to a few years in rehabilitation.
But if he's tried as an adult the punishment gets much more severe. If the judge looks at this as a Class C Felony he could receive several years in prison.
The judge is expected to receive a continuance request delaying the hearing for another week.