A judge Friday delayed ruling on whether Charles Andrew Williams, 15, accused of killing two students and wounding 13 people at Santana High School in Santee, should be tried as an adult or juvenile.
El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert Exharos said he needs another week to study arguments by Williams' attorneys challenging Proposition 21, the measure adopted by voters last year that allows prosecutors to file murder charges against juveniles in Superior Court.
The measure shifted from judges to prosecutors the power to decide which children are tried in Superior Court. Williams' attorneys allege that the measure is legally flawed because it concerns more than one issue and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Williams, who remained silent during the brief hearing, is charged with 28 felonies in the March 5 rampage. He is being held without bail at Juvenile Hall.