Teen accused of killing 10-year-old refuses transfer from jail to court

BRIGHTON, Colo. -- The teen accused of killing a 10-year-old refused to be transferred from jail to court on Wednesday.

Aidan Zellmer, 15, will be charged as an adult for allegedly killing Kiaya Campbell on June 7 after leaving her father’s Thornton home to go to the store with the suspect.

Zellmer was scheduled to be in an Adams County courtroom at 11 a.m. Wednesday for an advisement hearing, but the hearing was pushed back after he refused to be transferred.

The hearing was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

“Anybody can refuse to do anything. The question the court has is, should (the judge) issue what’s called a drag order. In other words, force this individual to come to court. She has not issued that order yet,” 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young, said.

At this point, the judge has ordered the arrest affidavit to remain protected. Protective orders remain in full effect.

Zellmer is facing four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault on a child.

Conviction of first-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Young said for anyone younger than 18 who is convicted of first-degree murder, there is a possibility of parole after 40 years.