YAKIMA, Wash. — A hearing on whether a 15-year-old Yakima boy will be tried as a juvenile or an adult in the fatal shooting of Anthony Yocom has been postponed again.
Jose Alejandro Diaz is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Yocom, a 22-year-old parolee who was fatally shot near his residence in the 700 block of West Mead Avenue on Aug. 8.
Under Washington law, juvenile murder suspects ages 16 and 17 automatically face prosecution as adults. Only a judge can approve prosecution as an adult for anyone younger than that.
The hearing was postponed to Oct. 7 from Sept. 9. This was the second postponement.
Witnesses told police the shooting occurred after Yocom confronted Diaz while the teenager and his girlfriend were walking down the sidewalk.
Diaz allegedly ran to his home nearby, retrieved a pistol, then returned to the street and fatally shot Yocom once in the chest.
The reason for the confrontation was not initially clear, police said at the time.
Diaz remains in custody at the Yakima County juvenile detention center on $500,000 bail.