Detroit boy, 14, to face trial in mother's slaying

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Posted: Mar 09, 2012 12:34 PM
Detroit boy, 14, to face trial in mother's slaying

A 14-year-old Detroit boy will stand trial as an adult in the shooting death of his 36-year-old mother.

A 36th District Court judge determined Thursday that there was enough evidence to send Joshua Smith's case to Wayne County Circuit Court.

Smith faces an adult charge of first-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony. Arraignment is set for March 15.

Police say Tamiko Robinson was shot to death Feb. 27 at her home following an argument with the teenager. A shotgun belonging to the boy's stepfather was used in the shooting.

An officer said Smith told investigators he was tired of being called names.

The judge denied a request by defense lawyer George Chedraue to have his statements to police suppressed because of his age.