Thirteen-year-old Cape Coral resident Yoel Munoz may be one of the youngest Lee County juveniles charged with murder, but his arrest isn't uncommon for the region, state or nation.
Florida is one of the few states that has no minimum age for indicting people. Prosecutors in Florida frequently file adult charges against juveniles, and have discretion to do so in many cases for youths who are 14 or older. Lee and Collier counties have had youngsters as young as 14 accused of homicide. In 2011, 14-year-old Palmetto Ridge High student Jorge Saavedra was charged with stabbing and killing a 16-year-old classmate after they got off a Collier County school bus. The court judge ruled Saavedra acted in self-defense.
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