Teenager accused of killing deputy will be prosecuted as an adult

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- The teenager accused of killing a local sheriff's deputy will be prosecuted as an adult.

A judge made the ruling Thursday morning in the Austin Holzer case.

Holzer is accused of shooting and killing Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer in February of 2016.

Holzer was 17-years-old at the time of the shooting and turned 18 a few months later.

Deputy Geer's wife, Kate, tells our reporter that she is happy with the judge's decision.

"We look forward to getting on with the next phase," she said.

The District Attorney's office said it's also happy to see the case move forward.

"This case is over a year old already, as a result of a very protracted reverse transfer hearing," the DA said. "We're excited to get into court and get the trial scheduled.

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis released the following statement:

"I am pleased this phase of the case is finally concluded. I agree with the decision to prosecute the defendant in this case as an adult. As I said during the hearing, 'I don't think another option would be something that would be acceptable to this community.' Deputy Derek Geer dedicated his selfless life to this community and will forever be remembered. We still have a long road ahead of us, but are appreciative this phase of the case has been decided."

Holzer will be back in court on May 9th for an arraignment.

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