SANTA CRUZ, Calif.- One year is one of the main reasons that's stopping prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for a teenager charged with killing a Watsonville grocery store clerk.
If there is one glimmer of hope for Christian Speaker in what he is being accused of its that his age will save him from getting the death penalty if convicted. Other than that the DA's office is going at him hard.
Speaker was given an attorney but didn't enter a plea Friday. The DA's office added a special circumstance to the charges: murder committed during a serious or violent felony.
"The video is graphic and disturbing," said prosecutor Alex Byers.
The 17 year old is already being tried as an adult, but the special circumstance allows for the death penalty, which at one point the DA's office said it would consider.
Later, prosecutors pulled the death penalty off the table citing his age.