Charles & Marilyn Long murders: Delay in deciding if 12-year-old son to be tried as adult

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Update: The twelve-year-old son of Burlington's Charles and Marilyn Long already faces murder counts and assault beefs in relation to his parents' deaths and wounds inflicted on two younger siblings. But there's still be no decision about whether he will become one of the youngest ever Coloradans to be charged with murder as an adult -- and there won't be for at least sixty days.

The debate about the proper charges has been fueled in part by the horrific nature of the crimes, as well as the reputation of the victims. From the outside, the Long family seemed to be large, loving and deeply religious, but with an adventurous spirit. For example, Charles was a member of a Seventh-Day Adventist prayer group, but also a unicyclist and guitarist whose Facebook page saluted both the Bible and Ted Nugent.

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A Long family photo released to the media, with the children's faces obscured.
No wonder authorities were so shocked when they responded to a call from the boy about a shooting. They found Charles and Marilyn dead and his younger sister and brother grievously wounded. The five-foot-tall, 75-pounder allegedly used a knife on his five-year-old sister, a gun and a knife on nine-year-old brother. The wounds were so serious that it wasn't immediately clear they'd survive them.

Fortunately, they did -- and they're reportedly doing well in the custody of their uncle, Wally Long.

Meanwhile, nine charges have been leveled against the twelve-year-old, including two counts of first-degree murder, two attempted first-degree murder beefs, three first-degree assault allegations, and two accusations connected to his status as an accused aggravated juvenile offender.

The aggravating circumstances could lead to adult charges -- but a judge in Kit Carson County, where the crimes took place, has accepted a request by the boy's attorney to extend the deadline for filing arguments on the subject by sixty days. That means we may not know whether he'll be tried in the adult or juvenile system until August.

Look below to see a CNN interview featuring Wally Long and the boy's older brother, Jacob; a Denver Post video featuring a press conference about the killings; and a 9News report about a vigil staged in the wake of the killings.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Chrisopher Wells: Car lot link to murder of ex-wife Amara Wells, Robert Rafferty (56 & 57)."

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Incline22
Incline22

you dont see jews killing their families, it's the whacky christians, born again morons and jehovahs witnesses. they are all delusional.

gotchabobo
gotchabobo

Wow, read that body language. Looks like there was a lot of tension in that home. Nobody looks particularly happy or loving. I'm betting Daddy was a monster and Mommy had Stockholm Syndrome. Every picture I've seen of Charles Long looks like some little rooster guy with short-man syndrome--mouth clamped, chin out, neck muscles tense. He was also a Depitty Sheriff but lost his job--wonder what that was all about? He had a lot of power over people at one time, and then he was reduced to delivering chips in a truck. I'm betting Daddy was abusing his sons and Mommy was a religious fool who thought he was Doin' Right.

atosha
atosha

WTF!!! Try him as adult, he knows right from wrong. Murder is murder simple

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

YES! PUT THE PUNK IN PRISON. HE CAN NO LONGER CRY MOMMA OR DADDY BECAUSE HE KILLED THEM.

Kuei
Kuei

Religion is the root of all evil. Money only bank rolls it.

Laney222
Laney222

THE SON OF A BITCH DESERVES IT

Renea
Renea

What on earth are you talking about in regards to body language?? This interview was done just days after the murder...of course no one looks happy!  They aren't celebrities and have probably never been on TV before either, so they aren't going to look comfortable or have "stage presence" either.  Honestly people, this is real life, not a movie.  You're so judgmental, you are disgusting.  This child could have had an undiagnosed mental illness, that is absolutely no reflection on the parents.  The case in Florida that just happened this week with the 17 year old who killed his parents...is everyone judging the parents there?  No, because the mom was a public school teacher.  But because this family was religious and home-schooled, everyone assumes some awful family dysfunction.  Let's see how YOUR kids turn out before you go judging everyone else.

Sheryl Mcfall
Sheryl Mcfall

I worked with Charles Long when he was on the sheriff's department...he did not lose his job...he quit of his own free will.  There is nothing there to wonder about.

gotchabobo
gotchabobo

I'm not talking about the interview, I'm talking about the PHOTOGRAPH. The one where the boys and girl are standing with military postures. It's just a fact that many people home-school to perpetuate and instill strict religious doctrine, and sometimes it can disguise abuse issues. As for the other kid, who knows what kind of family he had, either. There's nothing inherently good about public school teachers either, and they don't know everything about their own kids even if they teach yours.

gotchabobo
gotchabobo

Why would a man quit a good-paying LE job and take a job as a deliveryman? Quitting of his own free will doesn't mean he didn't have problems on the job, either. Sometimes it's a matter of quitting or being fired.

ACooper
ACooper

why don't you shut the fuck up Renea is right

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