Drake hearing concludes

By Katherine Wartell

The hearing to determine whether Cole Drake, 15, will be tried as an adult in his first degree murder trial concluded Friday after an all-day session in front of Judge David Stutzman.

Stutzman declined to rule Friday and told the court that he would take the case under advisement and issue a written ruling at a later date.

Drake is accused of killing Tyler Dowling, 14, a Manhattan High School freshman, in April 2011. He is also charged with aggravated robbery.

In their closing statements, County Attorney Barry Wilkerson said that Drake should be prosecuted as an adult or at a minimum, the court should grant extended juvenile jurisdiction, while Brenda Jordan, Drake’s defense attorney, argued that sending Drake to an adult prison system from which he will eventually come out, will do nothing to help rehabilitate him.

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