Prosecutors still mulling charges in cat shooting case

first_imgNearly two months have passed since three teenagers were accused of shooting more than 100 cats, and prosecutors are still undecided on whether to try them as adults.Defense attorneys for Mitchell Kangas, 16, and Jaren Koistinen, 16, both of Battle Ground, and Riley Munger, 17, of La Center told a judge Tuesday morning that they are continuing discussions with prosecutors on the case.The three were set to be arraigned Tuesday morning, but they agreed to postpone the hearing — again — to give prosecutors more time to make a decision. Arraignment was postponed once in June.Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick set a new arraignment date of Aug. 16.Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge the teens with drive-by shooting, a crime that means they would have to be tried as adults under Washington law. Prosecutors also are considering lesser charges of animal cruelty and unlawful discharge of a firearm, which would mean they would be tried as juveniles.Defense attorneys are trying to persuade the prosecutors to try the teens as juveniles.Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Tuesday that one of the reasons for the delay is that the investigation is still ongoing and extensive, considering the large number of victims and number of defendants.last_img read more