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Juvenile Certified To Stand Trial For Murder As An Adult
Fort Bend County, Texas
   
 
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Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

Press Release

 

 

          On September 3, 2020, Dylan Rosilez, a 16 year-old juvenile, was certified to stand trial as an adult for a murder he allegedly committed in the Tara subdivision in August 2019.  Once certified, the confidentiality that surrounds juvenile proceedings is lifted.

 

          The certification hearing was held in County Court at Law No. 4, sitting as a juvenile court, before Presiding Judge Toni M. Wallace.  A certification hearing is the legal process for removing a juvenile from the juvenile justice system in order to prosecute him as an adult.  In order to certify a juvenile to stand trial as an adult, a juvenile court must find (1) there was probable cause that the crime was committed, and (2) that because of the seriousness of the offense alleged or the background of the child, the welfare of the community requires criminal proceedings and warrant his removal to the adult criminal justice system.

 

Once certified as an adult, a juvenile is entitled to bond and a trial by jury. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Murder is a first-degree felony punishable from 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Rosilez was bound over to district court on a $75,000 bond.

 

“Typically, we prosecute juvenile offenders under the provisions of the Texas Juvenile Justice Code. The Juvenile Justice Code requires law enforcement to evaluate juvenile offenders and utilize a myriad of resources and services to rehabilitate juvenile offenders.” said District Attorney Brian Middleton.  “But sometimes the circumstances are so severe that the juvenile system cannot appropriately address the crime, the offender, and public safety.  In those cases, we are obligated to seek redress under the adult criminal justice system.”

 

          Chief Juvenile Prosecutor Tyra McCollum and Assistant District Attorney Johnny Wen prosecuted the case. 

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