A juvenile who has been charged in the murder of landscaper Timothy Clements will be tried as an adult, according to District Attorney Ken Wynne.
Katria L. McClain, 16, has been charged with felony murder and conspiracy to commit murder, one of seven crimes for which a juvenile offender can be charged as an adult if accused of. Along with murder, a child between the ages of 13 and 16-years-old can also be tried as an adult for voluntary manslaughter, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and armed robbery with a firearm. A juvenile tried as an adult receives all of the rights granted to an adult defendant, including a trial by jury.
Along with McClain, there are three others charged in Clements' death. Christian P. Caldwell, 17; Brittany M. Beasley, 18; and Pablo F. Maldonado, 22. All three are charged with felony murder, but only McClain is charged in conspiracy to commit murder. The other three have charges of concealing the death of another, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Beasley is also charged with forgery in the first degree, Caldwell in theft by taking and Maldonado in forgery in the first degree and theft by taking.
Charges stem from the early part of June when a fisherman stumbled upon the body of Clements, wrapped in some sort of material and dumped in Snapping Shoals Creek off Ga. Highway 212. The four accused were arrested shortly afterward.
The investigation into Clements’ death continues with both the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation working the case.