COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - New details emerging that a boy accused of shooting his parents to death in Collier County may have mental health issues. Fourteen year old Alex Crain appeared in front of a judge Thursday to face adult manslaughter charges.
The judge set Crain's bail at one million dollars, half a million for each of his parent's death. However, his attorney Brian Bieber says he expect to get that reduced in the next few weeks and for the teen to bail out.
Bieber's waiting on all the details from the investigation and calling on mental health experts to recommend a bond reduction. He believes something in those reports will show proof Crain is battling some mental illness.
"It was not just a contributing factor to what happened, but contributing cause to it, and an major contributing cause," Bieber explains.
Crain's attorney thinks the State agrees and that's the reason for the lesser charge of manslaughter. The boy's family also believe mental issues played a major factor that led to the shooting death of Thomas and Kelly Crain, but it may not have been diagnosed and no one was aware previous to the incident.
Bieber is also seeking for cameras, both still and recording, to be left out of the courtroom should this go to trial. He may also try to get a change of venue. Bieber is afraid the media attention of this case could sway a jury. However, it's not certain this will go to trial because Crain's attorneys are looking to get a plea deal, but say it's too early to tell if that will be possible.