Law to protect young suspects restricts release of info in Montrose murder case

Montrose Press: In 2007, a teenager was arrested — and ultimately pleaded guilty to attempted murder — after attacking another student at Montrose High School.

At the time, information about the crime, including the teen’s name, were readily available through public records.

This past December, an 11-year-old was accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Karmen Keefauver, 62. Details are sparse, including his identity.

That’s because the law pertaining to juvenile suspects and offenders changed in 2017. Where before in Colorado, a juvenile’s name was releasable to the public and media depending on the nature of the crime he or she was accused of committing and whether a deadly weapon was used, there are now more restrictions on what the custodians of those records can release.

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