Christopher Simpson, 17, will be tried as an adult
A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl who was found dead Sunday in a parked car in South Sacramento, California, PEOPLE confirms.
Christopher Simpson appeared in Sacramento Superior Court Wednesday for his arraignment on charges of allegedly murdering 15-year-old Macy Murphy from Sacramento.
Simpson’s murder charge is “open-ended” and includes first-degree murder, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
The Sacramento resident will be tried as an adult and could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge, according to court documents filed by the district attorney’s office.
Simpson showed little emotion from behind the bars of his courtroom cell as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman read him the murder charge, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Simpson will remain in custody until his next court hearing on June 22.
At 2:45 p.m. on May 29, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive female sitting inside a parked car on Inisheer Way in South Sacramento, according to police.
Murphy had been shot in the upper body with a 9mm pistol and was pronounced dead at the scene, say authorities.
Neighbors told authorities that the car had been parked on the street since late Saturday, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Macy’s grandmother, Debbie Pacli, said Monday that neither she nor Macy’s mother knew Simpson and didn’t know whether Macy knew him, according to the Bee.
There is no known motive at this time, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
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At 9 a.m. Monday morning, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Simpson at his home for Macy’s murder, police say.
He was booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall for murder, say police.
On Tuesday, Murphy’s friends and family gathered at a park in south Sacramento near where her body had been found to honor the memory of the teen described as smart and artistic, the Bee reports.
Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.
Tip information may also be left anonymously at http://www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).