MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two 15-year-old boys charged in the murder of Memphis pastor Autura Eason-Williams will learn later this month whether they will be tried as adults
Monday morning, the teenagers faced a hearing in Juvenile Court. The hearing was reset for Oct. 24, at which time the judge said it will be decided whether the two will be transferred to adult court.
If so, that transfer would happen in November.
Eason-Williams was gunned down during a carjacking in the driveway of her Whitehaven home on July 18. Two juveniles and an adult were arrested and charged.
The pastor’s family has split on whether the boys, both 15, should be tried as adults. Her husband is in favor of it, but some of her children have said it’s not what their mother would have wanted.
The judge delayed last month’s hearing until today to allow the teens to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The judge said she also wanted to review the teens’ past history, including school records. More time was given to prosecutors to share police body cam video with the defense.
Several of Eason-Williams’ family members, including her husband, appeared by video conference Monday. The teen’s parents were also present by video conference.