A 14-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father, a federal immigration agent, made his first court appearance on Monday in Compton.
Authorities will keep the teen at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. He faces one count of murder, with an allegation that he used his father’s government-issued weapon in the attack. His name is being withheld due to his age.
A single bullet from that gun pierced a window from outside the home and hit 42-year-old Myron Chisem in the head.
The father had been a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent for about five years.
In the courtroom Monday, the teenager appeared wide-eyed and uncomfortable. His mother, uncle and other relatives attended the brief arraignment hearing.
Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Sklan represented the teenager in court. He says that the boy’s fitness hearing will be set later this month. That will determine whether he is tried as a juvenile or an adult.
"Generic terms, they determine a few things -- primarily, his background," Sklan explained. "At this point, he has had no brushes with the law that we know about."
Sklan says this case requires a lot of scrutiny because the suspect’s father was a peace officer.