COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A teenager accused of stabbing a classmate to death at a Golden Gate Estates bus stop is heading home tonight. A judge released Jorge Saavedra into his mother's custody Tuesday afternoon.
WINK News was there as crews caught a glimpse of Saavedra through the fence of the Collier Juvenile Detention Center as he got into his mother's car.
In court the 14-year-old pled not guilty to a juvenile manslaughter charge. His attorney, Donald Day, argued Saavedra has been held for the maximum amount of time allowed in jail for a juvenile under these circumstances. The judge agreed and placed Saavedra under house arrest.
He will have a GPS tracking device so the Collier Sheriff's Office can track him anywhere in the United States. That's important because he's going to be with his mother, who now lives in Miami because of all the attention of this case. The judge said that would be acceptable, but he must give his passport and be at all future court proceedings.
Saavedra's attorney expects to have the details from the investigation in the next week, but doesn't plan on going to trial for at least nine months or more. In the meantime, the teen will remain under house arrest in Miami.