Youngest Burn Boy Attacker Competent: Judge

Jeremy Jarvis will remain in juvenile detention until trial

By Todd Wright
|  Thursday, Oct 22, 2009  |  Updated 10:33 AM EDT
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Jeremy Jarvis is competent to stand trial.

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A psychologist has found that the youngest of five teenagers accused of setting another Deerfield Beach teen on fire is competent to stand trial.

The attorney for 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis told a judge Wednesday that a court-ordered evaluation done by a psychologist found Jarvis is able to stand trial. Jarvis' older brother, 15-year-old Denver, is also being held in the juvenile detention center for the attack on Michael Brewer, which has made national headlines.

Defense attorneys have said the younger Jarvis was horrified to see what the other older teens were doing, but did not participate in the heinous act.

Five teens are charged with aggravated battery in Brewer's burning at an apartment complex, which authorities said was prompted by a dispute over a video game that escalated when someone tried to steal a bicycle that belonged to the boy's father.

The teen accused of flicking the lighter after Brewer was doused with rubbing alcohol also faces an attempted second-degree murder charge.

Brewer remains in critical condition at a hospital and received the first of what is expected to be dozens of skin grafts to replace the flesh that was burned off by the attack.

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