A Pasco teen charged in a deadly shooting outside of Fiesta Foods will not appear in court Thursday as originally scheduled.
Abraham Barajas, 15, had been set to enter a plea in Juvenile Court to his new charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
However, before Barajas can be arraigned, a Franklin County Superior Court judge needs to decide if his case should be handled in the juvenile or adult court, Deputy Prosecutor Kim Kremer told the Herald.
A special decline hearing is set for May 22, though it likely will be postponed because both Kremer and defense attorney Karyn Oldfield have other hearings scheduled that day.
Barajas is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center in Kennewick on $250,000 bail.
Barajas and co-defendant Chris Pedroza-DeSantiago are accused of killing Juan C. Melgoza, 42, on Feb. 4 because the victim was wearing a rival gang color.
Pedroza-DeSantiago, 20, is scheduled to return to court on May 19 to enter a plea to the charges.