Family of homicide victim says it's right teen suspect in homicide will be tried as adult

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 9:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The father of a Columbia teen who died in a shooting in April expressed satisfaction Monday that the youth who is accused of killing his son will be tried as an adult.

 Lamarr T. Mayfield, 15, faces charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Bryan Rankin Jr. earlier this year.

Rankin was at a party in northeast Columbia in April when several people approached his car, according to previous Missourian reporting. He was shot in the stomach, and his brother and two friends drove him to MU Women's and Children's Hospital. He was later transferred to University Hospital, where he died in the early morning of April 7.

Police made an arrest a few hours later based on witness accounts.

Bryan Rankin Sr., the victim's father, said he believed that trying Mayfield as an adult in criminal court, instead of juvenile court, might send a message to other teenagers.

"I think that a lot of kids think they won't have to do much time, which is why they're out there doing what they're doing," Rankin's father said. "I think this will send a message that it's not right."

He also said he was relieved to learn that Mayfield's bond had been increased from $200,000 to $500,000.

Mayfield is being held at the Boone County Jail on a cash-only bond.

According to court records, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Mayfield at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25, before Boone County Associate Circuit Judge Deborah Daniels.

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