WARRENTON (AP) A juvenile and domestic relations judge has barred reporters from attending a court hearing for a teen accused of killing his mother and 6-year-old brother.
The first court appearance for Levi Norwood, 17, was closed to the public in Fauquier County on Feb. 24, The Washington Post reported.
J&DR Judge Melissa Cupp ordered reporters out of the hearing, the paper reported. She cited the need to protect jury selection and the teen’s privacy.
Norwood faces two counts of murder in the shooting deaths on Valentines Day of his mother Jennifer Norwood and brother Wyatt Norwood. Police say he also wounded his father Josh Norwood.
Fauquier County’s commonwealth’s attorney and Levi Norwood’s defense attorney had both asked the judge to close the proceedings.
Before the judge’s decision, The Washington Post had filed a motion citing state law that says that “hearings held on a petition or warrant alleging that a juvenile fourteen years of age or older committed an offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult shall be open.”