THE chilling confession by a 15-year-old boy who allegedly fatally strangled a six-year-old girl reveals horrifying new details about a ‘shadowy man’.
A juvenile court judge recently ruled that Anthony Hutchens will face trial as an adult more than a year after the death of Grace Ross in a wooded area near Chicago.
But the judge presiding over the teenager’s murder trial ruled Tuesday that two doctors will conduct psychological evaluations to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Lawyers representing Hutchens have attempted to have him declared legally insane at the time of Grace’s killing in March 2021.
The boy’s mother has testified in court that he is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD and a sensory disorder.
Authorities have claimed he molested and killed Grace, whose body was found in a wooded area behind the New Carlisle apartment complex about 75 miles (120 km) east of Chicago, where they both lived.
Hutchens told police a “shadowy man” controlled him and tricked him into strangling Grace after she followed him into the woods, according to court documents.
Grace, of New Carlisle, Indiana, was found dead less than two hours after her family reported her missing.
An autopsy revealed the six-year-old had died of asphyxiation.
St. Joseph’s Probate Magistrate Graham Polando, given several factors, ruled that he would face trial as an adult.
The court was told those factors included steps taken to conceal evidence such as his bloodied clothing and the very serious nature of the alleged crimes, the South Bend Tribune reported.
The newspaper said Hutchens’ name has now been released as the case has been referred to an adult court. He is currently in custody.
Polando wrote, “If the question is simply, ‘Should an ASD [Autism spectrum disorder] Eighth graders in an adult prison?’ The answer is almost certainly “no”.
“On the other hand, if the question is ‘should a juvenile inmate who probably has reason to believe that he has molested and murdered another child be with other children?’ the answer is similarly fairly certain ‘no’.”
Two doctors from the Kokomo area will examine the teenager and present their findings to the court.
Michelle Ross, Grace’s mother, said at a vigil last March: “Grace was loved by everyone and she was friends with everyone.
“She walked up to a stranger on the street and said, ‘Hi, I’m Grace and I’m six.'”
Tara Bush, the principal of the elementary school that Grace attended, said, “You could tell she was smiling the whole time.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5478650/chilling-confession-anthony-hutchens-strangled-girl-death-shadowy-man/ The chilling confession of a 15-year-old teenager who strangled a 6-year-old girl to death reveals a new horror detail about a ‘shadowy man’.