DENVER -- The teenager accused of killing a 7-year-old boy and hiding his body waived her court appearance on Thursday and is being held without bond.
The girl’s identity will not be released because she is a juvenile, but a legal expert said it’s likely she will be charged as an adult.
Her name and arrest papers then would become public record.
Family members of the victim, Jordan Vong, filed through the courthouse hallway on Thursday morning.
The Denver Police Department said the 16-year-old girl killed Jordan and intentionally hid his body from investigators.
The teenager was scheduled for a detention hearing where she would have been advised of her rights.
But her appearance was waived and the court ordered a no-bond hold.
“In my opinion, there is a high likelihood that this case will be filed directly in district court as an adult felony case," legal expert Christopher Decker said.
"The police have told us that the body was found inside the house, intentionally secreted or hidden and that tends to lead a prosecutor or investigator to come to the conclusion that this was a crime that was either pre-thought out or at least one that was actively covered up after it occurred."
The girl will be in court next week to be formally charged with first-degree murder. That’s when it will be known if the Denver District Attorney's Office will charge her as a juvenile or as an adult.