An Effingham County teen will be tried as an adult for fatally stabbing his younger brother and the stabbing of his parents on April 20 in Guyton.
Mitchell Beiber, 16, was formally charged on Tuesday at a hearing in Effingham County Superior Court. Eleven charges have been filed against him including murder, malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, cruelty to children, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
Police allege that Beiber stabbed and killed his younger brother Tyler, 8, then attacked his parents when they attempted to intervene at their Country Estates home on Low Ground Road.
His stepfather and mother, Kenny and Kara Fennell, are recuperating from their wounds. They were treated and released from Memorial Medical Center Health University in Savannah.
Beiber is said to have fled the scene after the attacks. His mother and his father also left their home, seeking help, according to police reports.
Investigators found Beiber the day after the incident, after he emerged from a shed on a neighbor’s property.
Last Friday was also Beiber’s 16th birthday.
Beiber showed no emotion throughout the short hearing and answered “yes” in a deep voice to Chief Judge William Woodrum as he read the teen his rights.
Judge Woodrum informed Beiber that he has contacted the public defenders office of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit and requested that they get in touch with Beiber about representation.
The next grand jury meets on June 4.