DES MOINES, Iowa – One more of the 10 teens charged in the deadly March shooting outside of Des Moines East High School has now been moved from a juvenile detention facility to an adult jail.
Court officials confirmed Wednesday that 17-year-old Manuel Buezo, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, didn’t oppose a motion filed by the state to have him held in an adult jail prior to his trial. He has already been transferred to an adult facility. A hearing had originally been scheduled to be held on the matter Wednesday morning but it was canceled.
Buezo and nine other teens are charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a drive-by shooting on March 7th. Fifteen-year-old Jose David Lopez died and two teen girls, Kemery Ortega and Jessica Lopez were seriously injured in the shooting.
A judge ruled last week that one of Buezo’s co-defendants, 17-year-old Octavio Lopez Sanchez, Jr., should be held in an adult jail because of multiple issues including the difficulty of keeping all of the defendants apart in the juvenile facility where they are being held.
Eight of the suspects are charged as adults in the shooting. Iowa law states that juveniles age 16 and over who are charged with a forcible felony, like first-degree murder, will have their cases automatically waived to adult court. Two of the suspects were under the age of 16 at the time of the shooting and will have their cases start out in the juvenile system, though the Polk County Attorney’s Office could choose to move the cases to adult court.