10/11/2011

Teen charged as adult in beating of Deerfield girl

 Teen charged as adult in beating of Deerfield girl
File photo: Wayne Treacy appears in Broward County Juvenile Court.
File photo: Wayne Treacy appears in Broward County Juvenile Court.
Kayla Manson, 13, has been released from custody and will face charges as a juvenile, her attorney confirmed Friday.
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Kayla Manson, 13, has been released from custody and will face charges as a juvenile, her attorney confirmed Friday.
Josie Lou Ratley and her mother Hilda Gotay Ratley are shown at Broward General Medical Center on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Rick Freedman)
Josie Lou Ratley and her mother Hilda Gotay Ratley are shown at Broward General Medical Center on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Rick Freedman)
Josie Lou Ratley
Josie Lou Ratley

— Wayne Treacy will be tried as an adult for the attempted murder of Deerfield Beach Middle School student Josie Lou Ratley, who was kicked in the head with steel-toe boots as she waited at a bus stop on campus, prosecutors said Friday.
Treacy, 15, was formally charged with premeditated attempted murder Friday in the March 17 attack and will be arraigned Saturday, said Assistant State Attorney Maria Schneider. He is being moved from a juvenile detention center to a county jail.
The decision comes as no surprise to Treacy's lawyer, Russell Williams, who said two days earlier that he did not expect his client's case to remain in the juvenile court system.
Treacy faces a maximum prison term of life in prison if convicted.
Ratley, 15, had been in a medically induced coma at Broward General Medical Center. She recently regained consciousness but has suffered brain damage. She is unable to speak.
Authorities said Treacy was reportedly incensed by a text message sent from Ratley's cell phone.
Williams admits his client's role in the incident, and Treacy's parents have apologized to the Ratley family on national television. They said Treacy snapped when he received a text message referring to his brother, who committed suicide last October, and they want him examined by mental health experts.
Earlier Friday, Kayla Manson, the 13-year-old girl charged as an accomplice in the attack, was charged as a juvenile and released from custody.
Her lawyer, Daniel Callahan, declined to discuss the case against Manson, who is accused of pointing Ratley out to Treacy, who went on to beat Ratley and repeatedly kick her in the head.
"The only thing we want to convey on behalf of her and her family is our deepest sympathy and prayers for Josie," Callahan said.
Manson formally pleaded not guilty to a charge of principal to attempted murder on Friday.
Prosecutors said she is too young under Florida law to be charged as an adult for anything less than a capital crime. In this case, that could only happen if Ratley does not survive.Staff writer Tonya Alanez contributed to this report.

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