A criminal defendant in Arizona is slated to stand trial on allegations that he killed a teenager who was attempting to protect his sister from a violent crime. The young victim, age 16, reportedly was shot during an attempted armed robbery in a Phoenix-area park, according to authorities. The defendant has entered a not-guilty plea for allegations of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery; he has chosen to go to trial in connection with those violent-crimes claims.
Official reports show that the incident occurred in mid-September 2012, when the 20-year-old defendant reportedly approached a 14-year-old girl in Marivue Park, demanding money. The girl's brother stepped between his sister and the alleged robber, at which point he suffered fatal injury. News reports have not indicated the method allegedly used to harm the young man.