Trial date set for teen accused of shooting girl on school bus
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A teenager who has been charged for pulling the trigger and killing a girl on a school bus appeared in court Friday, but the victim's family is fighting to hold more people accountable for her tragedy.
Sixteen-year-old Jordyn Howe stood before a judge Friday. Howe will be charged as an adult, accused of manslaughter, in the school bus shooting death of 13-year-old Lourdes Guzman DeJesus, last November.
The judge made the decision and set Howe's trial date for February 2014. The Guzman family said it will be a long wait. "I guess I just have to have patience ... a lot of faith," said DeJesus' mother Ady DeJesus.
Howe, who was 15 years old then, brought a gun on board his school bus and accidentally pulled the trigger, killing DeJesus.
Her 7-year-old sister and other students witnessed her horrifying death. The event was life-changing for the Guzman family. "Whoever was involved needs to pay. What they did was wrong," said the mother.
Howe remains at home on house arrest. The Guzmans' family attorney said it has not been easy for the family knowing Howe is at home. "It's not easy when she sees this kid is out and about conducting his life and his family is conducting their life while her life and her children's life continue to be disrupted, continue to suffer," said Ron Book
Book said part of the suffering for the family is because Howe's father, who allegedly owned the gun and another teen who allegedly loaded the weapon have not been charged. "We are looking for the state to continue the prosecution of every aspect of the case," said Book.
Howe was also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of a concealed weapon.
The judge originally wanted to set the trial date for later this year, but there were 30 depositions pending.
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