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Chastinea Reeves

CROWN POINT — The 15-year-old girl accused earlier this year in her mother's killing will stand trial as an adult, according to Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter.

Chastinea Reeves was charged Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court with murder on allegations she fatally stabbed Jamie M. Garnett, 34, Feb. 13 at the family's home in the 4400 block of West 23rd Place in Gary.

The Lake County Prosecutor's Office filed a petition of delinquency Feb. 15 alleging Reeves committed the murder, and prosecutors requested the girl stand trial as an adult.

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Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. heard arguments on the issue at two hearings last month and issued his decision Tuesday to waive jurisdiction.

Carter said Reeves will face a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison if convicted of murder.

A court hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to court records.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.