A teenager charged with killing two of his classmates faced a judge Tuesday.
Eighteen year old Josh Quaderer entered a Saginaw County courtroom with his family on his right, and families of the deceased on his left.
Saginaw County's assistant prosecutor, James Borchard, says he was ready to defend the two charges of negligent homicide. "My understanding is that there were two young men walking along the side of the road, and according to the defendant he fell asleep or was groggy, crossed over into on-coming traffic, and actually veered off the side of the road, striking both victims," said Borchard.
The two victims are 18-year-old John Mauro and 15-year-old Anthony Larkin Junior, also known as T.J. They were walking along Seymour Road April 2nd in Taymouth Township.
The prosecution says the accident was not premeditated, was not intentional, but that Josh's actions caused the deaths.
"It requires only a showing of negligence which is doing something a ordinary, careful person wouldn't do. That obviously is not driving off the road and striking pedestrians."
Josh's family says they are victims as well, saying media reports have ruined their lives. More than 165 comments have been posted on connectmidmichigan.com regarding this story.
One of them says, "Josh has to wake up every morning knowing what he did. Isn't waking up every morning looking at yourself in the mirror, and knowing that you killed one of your friends enough punishment?" Another reads, "Even 'mistakes' require some sort of responsibility to be taken by the guilty party."
Josh waved his right to a preliminary examination. The Honorable M. Randall Jurrens asked Josh, "You're doing so of your own free will?" Josh answered, "Yes, your honor."
By signing, Josh is now bound over to circuit court for a possible trial or plea.
If convicted, he could serve a two year sentence and up to $2,000 in fines.
Arraignment is circuit court could be in the next two weeks.
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