A 17-year-old Clinton County male juvenile has been charged in Clinton County Juvenile Court with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Breese man at a party in rural Germantown last Sunday morning.
The juvenile indicated during his first court appearance that he understood the charges he faced as a result of the death of 18-year-old Jacob Arter. The Breese Central Senior was just a month from graduation.
Associate Judge Ericka Sanders ordered the juvenile to remain in custody for now. He has been held in juvenile detention since his arrest the day after Arter's death. A hearing will be held next week to determine if the juvenile should have an opportunity to be released after the probation department accesses his home situation.
The decision came despite arguments from the juvenile's attorney C.J. Baricevic of Belleville. The Belleville News-Democrat said Baricevic argued to the court the boy is not a danger to himself, to others, or a flight risk. The boy's mother also told the court she could supervise her son at home.
Special prosecutor David Rands argued that the juvenile should remain in custody because of the very serious nature of the offense and that a child had lost his life.
Judge Sanders also ordered that the juvenile's name not be disclosed.
Clinton County Sheriff's Department Detective Scott Voss took the stand during the hearing and explained the juvenile and Arter had been involved in an 'altercation' at the clubhouse earlier in the evening where the juvenile had taken a knife from Arter's pocket and threw it.
About an hour and a half later, the juvenile reportedly punched Arter in the head after a brief conversation. Accounts varied if Arter was hit just once or multiple times.
Voss said a forensic pathologist found Arter died of blunt-force trauma to the head.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported the mother testified the boy attended an alternative school because of poor grades and not because of behavioral issues.
Rands was appointed a special prosecutor because Clinton County State's Attorney John Hudspeth is related to the juvenile in custody.