Teens Involved in Photographer’s Death to Be Charged As Adults, Face Life in Prison


Yesterday’s tragic story of a teen dying during a senior photo shoot is followed by an update today on the “accidental” death of a photographer that was found to be intentional.

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Not only have authorities named the two teens involved in the photographer’s death, but also the prosecution is pursuing charges that would make possible a life sentence.

This is after the judge in the case ruled that the two should be tried as adults based upon the circumstances surrounding the case.

NBC4i reports that Victoria Schafer’s death because of a falling log allegedly pushed by Jaden Churchheus and Jordan Buckley resulted in charges of reckless homicide, murder, felonious assault, and involuntary manslaughter which if convicted, could place the teens in jail for life.

As we initially reported, she was killed by a falling tree limb which was initially believed to be a random accident but which was later revealed to be the result of foul play. This is because the tree limb in question could not have moved in the way it did as the result of natural forces such as the wind.

Weighing some 74 pounds, the log was pushed off of the cliff where it fell on top of Schafer while she conducted a senior portrait session.

As PetaPixel points out, authorities helped determine the two teens in question were involved after a $USD 10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest was offered and directed authorities to the Churchheus and Buckley who partially confessed upon apprehension.

News outlet WLWT reports that a text message to a friend from one of the two involved alluded to having done “something serious.” You can watch WLWT’s report by clicking here.

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