THORNTON - Authorities say a Thornton teenager will be prosecuted as an adult on a first-degree murder charge after another teen was stabbed to death.
Prosecutors identified the suspect Monday as 17-year-old Matthew James Trujillo.
He faces a charge of first-degree murder after deliberation in the Jan. 4 death of 18-year-old Anthony Benavidez.
The district attorney's office did not know if Trujillo had an attorney. He was not listed on online jail records.
A news release did not say why Trujillo is being prosecuted as an adult. A spokeswoman for the DA's office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking an explanation.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.
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