District Attorney seeks to try 16-year-old murder suspect as adult

Teenager accused of killing one, injuring another

Logan Brewer Hearst, 16, is accused of shooting and killing Taevonne Latimer, 18, in May during a late-night cannabis sale in Arcata. (Shomik Mukherjee — The Times-Standard file)
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District Attorney Maggie Fleming is petitioning for a Manila teenager to be tried as an adult in the killing of a Eureka teenager in May.

Logan Brewer Hearst, 16, is accused of shooting and killing Taevonne Latimer, a former Eureka High School student, and injuring another during a late-night cannabis deal in Arcata.

Earlier this week, Judge Gregory Elvine-Kreis set a Nov. 12 hearing to determine if Hearst will be tried as an adult or a juvenile.

Latimer, 18, died on May 26 from injuries after being shot multiple times. An additional shooting victim, Daylyn Prudhomme, 18, survived a shot to the leg during the incident.

In an email, Fleming cited state Welfare and Institutions code as outlining criteria for trying a criminal suspect as an adult.

“To briefly summarize, these criteria are: the degree of sophistication exhibited by the minor; whether the minor can be rehabilitated before juvenile court jurisdiction expires; the minor’s previous delinquent history; the success of previous attempts to rehabilitate the minor; and the circumstances and gravity of the offenses charged,” Fleming said in an email.

Hearst surrendered to Arcata police officers May 27, a day after he allegedly fired several shots at Latimer, Prudhomme and another friend who had traveled to Arcata from Eureka to sell marijuana to Hearst. The transaction allegedly was arranged over Snapchat, a social media app.

Hearst was booked into juvenile hall on one count of murder and an additional count of attempted murder. At his arraignment several days later, he pleaded not guilty to all charges. He remains in custody.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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