14-year-old Bristol murder suspect’s case to move to juvenile court

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BRISTOL – The case of a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting another 14-year-old in Bristol is likely to be transferred to juvenile court after Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos agreed not to object to the defense’s request.

The defendant, who was initially charged with second-degree murder in adult court, is accused of killing Madden Gouveia last October.

During a hearing on Monday, defense attorney Marshall Pahl informed the court that a motion to transfer the case had been filed following a psychological evaluation of the defendant.

Vekos confirmed that the state agreed with the motion based on a review of the evaluation.

If the case moves to family court, the proceedings and outcome will be closed to the public.

The victim’s mother, Kelly Gouveia, expressed her disappointment with the decision, stating that she would prefer the case to be held in adult court for transparency.

The defendant has been released on conditions and into his parents’ custody since November.

The next steps in the case are pending the judge’s decision on the transfer motion.

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