NBC10 Philadelphia - Lu Ann Cahn
A Gloucester County judge has ordered brothers Dante and Justin Robinson to remain behind bars for allegedly killing 12-year-old Clayton, New Jersey girl Autumn Pasquale. Prosecutors are asking to have the teens tried as adults. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports.
Dante Robinson, 17, and Justin Robinson, 15, who are accused of murdering Autumn Pasquale of Clayton, N.J., were scheduled to appear at the Gloucester County courthouse for a detention hearing early Friday.
That hearing was delayed after attorneys spent the day arguing over whether the media should be allowed inside the courtroom for the trial. A decision was not reached and the hearing will continue on Dec. 13.
The Robinson brothers were ordered to remain in a juvenile detention center.
Autumn Pasquale, 12, went missing on October 20 after telling her parents she was going to ride her bike to a friend's house. Her father, Anthony Pasquale, says that when she didn’t make it to her friend’s house and didn’t call, he knew something was wrong.
The young girl's body was found three days later in a recycling container at a home just five blocks from where Autumn lived. Police believe the Robinson brothers lured Autumn to their home, promising her parts for her BMX bike.
The boys are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposal of a body, tampering of evidence and theft. Justin is also charged with one count of luring.
Prosecutors want the case moved to adult court. If that happens, the trial will be open to the public.