ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A 13-year-old boy from Rockford has been arrested and charged with murder.
Rockford Police officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of 17th Avenue on May 3 in reference to reports of shots fired with a shooting victim, according to the Rockford Police Department. Officers located Martha Maschke, 48, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. She was transported to the hospital where she later died.
Police were able to identify a 13-year-old male as the suspect during the investigation. He has been charged with First Degree Murder. He is currently being held in the Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney J Hanley said “in reference to the juvenile charged with the murder of Martha Maschke, due to the juvenile’s age, the minor is presently charged in juvenile court. To be prosecuted as an adult, the law requires a hearing to be held whereby the court would determine whether a juvenile’s case is to be transferred to adult court. Our office will review the evidence in the case and make the decisions necessary to secure justice for the victim, her family and the community.”