• Court of Appeals of Texas, First District
  • 01-15-00510-CR
When the appellant was 16, the state filed a petition in juvenile court alleging that he had committed aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The juvenile court transferred the case to district court for criminal proceedings because of seriousness of the offense. After pleading guilty the appellant violated terms of his supervision and was imprisoned. The appellant argued that the juvenile court abused its discretion by waiving jurisdiction without making adequate findings to supports its decision that the case required criminal proceedings. The court stated that the juvenile court only relied on the seriousness of the offense and did not look at the appellant's background. The court determined that the juvenile courts only case specific finding was that the offense was against another person and made no determinations regarding the appellant's conduct or the robbery. The court found that the juvenile court did not provide sufficient case specific findings to support its waiver of jurisdiction and vacated judgment of the district court, dismissed the criminal case and remanded to juvenile court. Kendall Bell v. The State of Texas, 1st Court of Appeals, Case No.:01-15-00510-CR, 12/15/2016

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