Teen’s motion for Juvenile Court reverse-waiver denied

Mapel charged with aiding, abetting murder

A Fort Dodge teen’s request to have her charges of aiding and abetting murder sent to Juvenile Court has been denied.

Haydin Ranee Mapel, 17, was arrested and charged on May 4 with aiding and abetting first-degree murder, a Class A felony; and aiding and abetting attempted murder, a Class B felony. Her charges stem from a May 2 shooting in the 100 block of North 10th Street that left one man dead and another injured.

According to a motion filed by the defense after Mapel’s arrest, the prosecution is alleging that the teen drove a vehicle “containing a passenger that fired shots in response to shots being fired at the vehicle, including striking the driver’s door” where Mapel was sitting.

Defense attorney Judd Parker filed a motion for a reverse-waiver to have Mapel’s case transferred to the Juvenile Court jurisdiction, noting that Mapel was 16 at the time and did not have a significant criminal or delinquent history.

On Wednesday, District Court Chief Judge Adria Kester heard arguments from the state and the defense on the defense’s motion. Kester filed her ruling on Monday, denying the defense’s request because she doesn’t believe there is sufficient time for Mapel to receive rehabilitative services through the Juvenile Court system before she becomes an adult.

In her ruling, Kester noted that Mapel had never been in legal trouble before and was enrolled in the alternative program at Fort Dodge Senior High School as an 11th-grader.

Mapel was assessed by Dr. Tracy Thomas, a board-certified forensic psychologist.

“Dr. Thomas asserts Haydin is at a low risk for future violence and her treatment needs could be met while remaining in the community either in a residential treatment facility or with community probation,” Kester wrote.

She later noted that of the two residential treatment facilities Thomas had suggested, one is no longer open and the other does not have a contract with Juvenile Court Services to place defendants.

“There are 12 beds in Iowa at the level of care that Haydin would qualify for, however, all of those beds are filled and the waiting lists are unknown,” Kester wrote.

Emilea Lundberg, a juvenile court officer with the Second Judicial District, testified at the hearing that under Iowa Code, Juvenile Court dispositional orders entered between a juvenile’s 17th and 18th birthday automatically terminate 18 months after the disposition. Lundberg testified that she doesn’t believe that is sufficient time for Mapel to receive all rehabilitative resources and treatment necessary to address delinquent behavior.

“Haydin did not indicate that if she were transferred to Juvenile Court, she would immediately admit the allegations and be adjudicated to begin her rehabilitation,” Kester wrote. “And even if she did, her rehabilitation could take longer than 18 months but will be terminated when she reaches age 19 ½.”

Kester also noted that if the case’s jurisdiction stays in District Court and Mapel is found guilty or pleads guilty to her current charges, she would face mandatory prison time. However, Kester wrote, if an agreement is negotiated by the parties for Mapel to plead guilty to a different offense that doesn’t carry a mandatory prison term, “the court will have more tools available to accomplish the rehabilitation of the defendant than if the jurisdiction of this case were transferred to Juvenile Court.”

Mapel’s trial is currently scheduled for Oct. 17.

The May 2 shooting reported in the 100 block of North 10th Street in Fort Dodge left 18-year-old Patrick Walker dead and 20-year-old Silas Hall injured.

Davonquae Jyshon Pettigrew, 17, is awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder for the shooting.


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