Boy Accused Of Murder Found Guilty

Boy, 13, Convicted Of Shooting Flint Woman
POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
UPDATED: 3:06 pm EDT May 3, 2010

DETROIT -- A jury delivered a guilty verdict Monday in the second murder trial involving a 13-year-old Detroit boy accused of fatally shooting a Flint woman last summer.

Demarco Harris was 12 years old when he was arrested for shooting 24-year-old Patricia Babcock during an armed robbery Aug. 1, 2009.

His first trial ended in a mistrial by way of a hung jury in January.

The jury in the new trial began deliberating last Monday.

Testimony heard by witnesses and police during Harris’ first trial revealed that Babcock was inside a parked car on West Outer Driver and Minock Street with a man when Harris is accused of sticking a gun through the driver’s side window and shooting her in the chest.

The man she was in the car with, Jon Williams, testified that he had just recently met Babcock and took off after the shooting occurred.

Babcock was pronounced dead at Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Harris' fingerprints were found on the driver's window, investigators testified.

He is charged as a juvenile with felony murder, armed robbery, having a firearm during a felony and violating curfew.

Harris is too young to be charged as an adult under Michigan law, but the prosecutor's office filed the case with an adult designation, meaning he could be sentenced as one following a conviction.

In Michigan, cases with an adult designation are tried in juvenile court. After a conviction, the judge has a choice to sentence the juvenile as an adult or as a juvenile, or to defer the decision until the child reaches adulthood.

He will be sentenced June 1.

Harris has a troubled past. According to court documents, one of Harris' parents filed an incorrigibility petition against him in 2008, which means he's considered “uncontrollable."