UPDATE: Judge's decision: whether to prosecute teen in adult court

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OGALLALA, Neb. - Amadeus Leroux plead not guilty to second degree murder and use of a deadly weapon in Keith County District Court.

The 15-year-old is accused of killing John Fratis of Ogallala last spring.

Leroux's attorney, Dan Stockmann, wants the case to be transferred to juvenile court.

District Judge Donald Rowlands says he will wait to hear from witnesses at the next court date before he decides whether or not this case will be transferred to juvenile court.

Leroux will be back in court on October 18th at 8:30 am MT.


Amadeus Leroux was extradited from Denver, Colorado. His first court appearance was Tuesday morning in Keith County Court in Ogallala.

A conviction of second degree murder comes with a minimum of 20 years in prison, or a maximum life sentence.

Maren Lynn Chaloupka, of Scottsbluff, and Daniel Stockmann, of Omaha, will serve as Leroux's attorneys.

Leroux is being held at the detention center in Madison County.

The Keith County Attorney's Office says it's going to cost the county to between $200 and $300 a night to house the teen in Madison County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 11th.

This is a developing story. Please check back for further updates.

UPDATE: 4/10/17
The two people accused of being accessories to murder stood in Keith County Court Monday afternoon.

Larry Derrera stood seriously, while Raylynn Garcia was emotional holding back tears.

Judge Edward Steenburg told both they are facing Accessory to Felony Murder in the Second Degree, Child Abuse, Obstructing a Peace Officer, and False Reporting.

Both are still in jail with bail at 10 percent of $500,000.

Greg Beal is representing Derrera, and Gary Krajewski is representing Garcia. Trevor Perkins is the Deputy County Attorney in the case.

Garcia and Derrera lived with John Fratis in an Ogallala home with their two children. Police said the two were drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and watching television when Fratis and Amadeus Leroux started fighting.

Police said Leroux eventually stabbed Fratis, and Garcia found Fratis bleeding on the floor.

That's when she took her two boys and left the house.

Fratis died at the Ogallala Hospital.

Derrera and Garcia will be in court again for their preliminary hearings on May 8 at 1:00 p.m.

UPDATE: The Nebraska State Patrol says Amadeus L. Leroux turned himself into Denver authorities. Keith County is working on extraditing the teen back to Nebraska.

Keith County Attorney Randy Fair said Leroux is being charged with Second Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony in Nebraska relating to the death of John Fratis.

Nebraska State Patrol confirmed they are looking for Amadeus L. Leroux, 15, who was captured on surveillance video at the Watering Hole following an incident in Ogallala.

In an affidavit, Leroux was called "Chris" but he is now identified.

Lt. Tim Arnold said an arrest warrant for murder has been issued.

He said the teen is still believed to be in the eastern Colorado, Denver area.

"The male subject and the female subject that are both incarcerated right now are partners and the bio parents of both of the children," said Lieutenant Arnold. "We are not sure of the relationship between them two and the victim or them two and the suspect."

The incident occurred on March 28, when Keith County Attorney Randy Fair said that 26-year-old John Fratis died at 914 North Spruce Street.

Larry Derrera and Raylynn Garcia, have already been charged with Accessory to Murder and Child Abuse.

According to an affidavit, Larry Derrera and Raylynn Garcia, and two toddlers lived with Fratis.

Investigators believe Fratis, Derrera and Garcia were all drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and watching TV together when Fratis and Leroux started fighting.

The fight led to Fratis being injured and eventually dying at an Ogallala hospital.

Investigators say Derrera intentionally lied and withheld information about the case.

Garcia said in her police interview that Fratis accused Leroux of stabbing him.

She found Fratis bleeding and lying on the floor, and proceeded to take her two young boys and leave the home.

Garcia also admitted to meeting Leroux at a convenience store and giving him a ride to Holyoke, Colorado in a gold suburban, with her children in the vehicle.

The suburban is in the possession of the Nebraska State Patrol.

The Nebraska State Patrol is still looking for Leroux and consider him dangerous.

If anyone has any information, they are to call law enforcement immediately.