16-Year-Old Charged As Adult In Oakland Hills Paramedic Murder

Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:

OAKLAND (CBS/BCN) – A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder Thursday for the shooting death of off-duty paramedic Quinn Boyer in the Oakland hills earlier this month, prosecutors said.

Christian Burton, of Oakland, who was arrested at 8 a.m. Tuesday, was scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland Thursday afternoon. He was being charged as an adult.

In addition to murder, Burton faces a special-circumstance allegation that he murdered Boyer during the course of a carjacking, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

A total of six juveniles have been charged in connection with Boyer’s death, but Oakland police Officer Phong Tran said in a probable cause statement filed in court that authorities believe Burton is the person who shot Boyer.

Tran said Burton was linked to the killing through physical evidence and witness statements and, after he was arrested, “he provided…

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