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Turner Bronson in Las Vegas Justice Court.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas teenager facing a murder charge as an adult in the shooting death of his 18-year-old brother made his first court appearance Friday morning.
Turner Bronson, 15, appeared with his attorney in Las Vegas Justice Court on a felony murder charge that could get him life in prison in the May 22 killing of Clayton Wesley Bronson at their home in southwest Las Vegas. The teen isn't eligible for the death penalty due to his age. He could face up to life in prison without parole.
His attorney, Amy Feliciano, told the judge she needed more time with Bronson to explain the case because he is a juvenile. She asked to have a later court date. The judge agreed and set that date for June 23.
As Bronson was in court, preparations were underway for Clayton Bronson's funeral. He is being remembered as a kid who stood out at school and at his church. He was set to graduate high school and attend UNLV's science and robotics program.
At the Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Pastor Scott Hove says the past week has been a start reminder that sometimes loved ones die far too soon.
"We know we are all going to die but we don't expect it to happen to 18-year-old's. We don't expect it in the way it happened to Clay," Hove said.
Bronson was very involved in his church and spent a lot of time there. He taught Sunday school and was active in the youth group. He became the youngest person to serve in the church council.
"We say we are a giving, sharing loving caring place. Clay was a giving, sharing, loving, caring kid, not just at church but at school," Hove said. "I pray my son, who is 7, will grow up to be like Clay."
Clayton Bronson was a young man who was passionate about everything from technology to sports, and according to his loved ones, his younger brother Turner.
"His family has said, his friends have said, and we would agree that Clay has already forgiven his brother," Hove said.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:43:26 GMT
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