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Boy, 17, indicted in shooting death of man outside Germantown rec center

A 14-year-old boy was indicted last week

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A 17-year-old boy was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on Thursday on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside a recreation center in Germantown last month.

Three boys were injured in the shooting.

Montgomery County police have said the 17-year-old told a 14-year-old boy to shoot four males outside the Plum Gar Community Recreation Center the night of Aug. 18.

The 14-year-old allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Axel Trejos. He also shot and injured boys ages 16, 15 and 13, police have said.

One of the victims and an accomplice who was with the 14- and 17-year-olds got in a fight before the shooting, charging documents allege.

Last week, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that the 14-year-old had been indicted on murder and attempted murder charges and that the 17-year-old had been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges after turning himself in to police.

Bethesda Beat generally doesn’t name juveniles charged with crimes.

On Thursday, the State’s Attorney’s Office announced that the 17-year-old had been indicted on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The State’s Attorney’s Office also announced on Thursday that a transfer hearing for the 14-year-old is scheduled for late December, which will determine whether he will remain charged as an adult.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com