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Juvenile court possibility in Autumn Wood case


A hearing Wednesday could have a huge impact on the outcome of the Autumn Wood murder case. Wood is the Lauderdale County teen accused of stabbing and killing 14-year-old Brooklyn Hollins at a house party in Florence in 2012.

Wood's attorney will argue Wednesday that the case should be moved to juvenile court.

Under Alabama law, anyone 16 years or older who commits a capital offense or a class A felony is automatically tried as an adult. Wood was 17 when she allegedly stabbed Brooklyn Hollins.

Wood's attorney argues that automatically sending her case to adult court violates her Constitutional rights.

WAFF 48 News looked into the major differences between juvenile and adult court. In a juvenile court, there is typically not a jury, just a judge. The main goal in juvenile court is rehabilitation rather than punishment, so sentences are usually not as harsh.

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, but a ruling on the matter could take a couple of days.

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