Judge Brian Cannell has concluded the case of the Smithfield shooting that left a 14-year-old scarred for life. Jayzon Decker and Colter D. Peterson, the two teens who plotted to kill Deserae Turner in February 2017, have been sentenced to prison. Turner has partially recovered, but the bullet shot from Decker’s gun is still lodged in her head.
No Motive Behind Smithfield Shooting
A Utah jury recently found Jayzon Decker guilty as charged of first-degree premeditated murder, leading to a sentence of life in prison handed down by Judge Brian Cannell. Decker’s accomplice, 17-year-old Colter D. Peterson was sentenced 15 years to life in prison as the jury determined that the teen played a lesser role in the 2017 Smithfield shooting.
Upon passing down the sentence, Judge Cannell commented on Turner’s recovery, saying that the young lady is “indomitable.”
Back in 2017, Decker and Peterson weaved a plan to ‘rid the world’ of 14-year-old Deserae Turner. Up to this point, the homicide investigators could not uncover the teens’ motive. According to Decker and Peterson’s affidavits, both were playing video games at Decker’s house when they came with the plan to kill Turner.
Allegedly, while the teens were playing, Peterson was chatting with Turner over social media. Under the pretense of wanting to show her something, the teens lured Turned in an abandoned dry canal. After the girl arrived, Decker shot Turner once in the head and left her for dead.
According to the court documents, right after shooting Turner in Smithfield, Decker picked up the shell casing and displayed on the windows sill. The girl was brought to the hospital in critical condition but somehow managed to survive the ordeal.
Unfortunately, due to the bullet’s position, the doctors cannot remove it without risking permanent brain damage. Following the event, Turner has difficulties walking, getting dressed, and has terrible headaches.
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