The DA’s office said in a statement provided Thursday that it filed a request for the juvenile to be released from custody.
“After a thorough review of the evidence presented, our office determined that, while police certainly had probable cause to arrest the juvenile, our elevated burden of proving the charge beyond a reasonable doubt could not be met due to a justified legal claim of self-defense or defense of others. For that reason, District Attorney Brian Mason declined to file charges in this case,” the statement said.
Police responded to a disturbance at the Academy Place Apartments at 7105 W. 120th Ave. around 1 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they found a man dead inside one of the units.
Police said a juvenile was taken into custody at the scene and was facing a first-degree murder charge.