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The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will apply to the Family Court to transfer two juveniles accused of murdering a 12-year-old Clayton NJ girl to adult court for prosecution.


The juvenile waiver application will be filed with Superior Court Judge Colleen A. Maier, who Ladyjustice presides in the Gloucester County Family Division of the state court. It is anticipated Judge Maier will schedule a hearing to determine whether waiver will be granted.


“It is the State’s position, based upon the gravity of the juveniles actions in causing the death of Autumn Pasquale, that these cases should be heard in adult court,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. 


The two juveniles, brothers ages 15 and 17, were charged Oct. 23 with the strangulation of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, who went missing from her West High Street home Oct. 20 after leaving on a bicycle at 12:30 p.m. that day.  Detectives with the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office found her body in a recycling bin behind a Clayton house the night of Oct. 22 after a massive search involving over 200 law enforcement personnel from municipal, county, state and federal agencies.                                         


The two accused boys are presently in a juvenile detention center.  They are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, illegally disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft.  The 15-year-old also is charged with luring the victim. If convicted of these crimes as adults, they would be subject to a sentence of at least 30 years in state prison without parole.




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