2013-12-25 / For The Record

Teen indicted for aunt’s murder

To be tried as adult
By Elizabeth Billips

A 14-year-old accused of stabbing her aunt to death will stand trial as an adult.

Diana Antionette Decade has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the murder of 49-year-old Shirley Mack.

The 15-woman, 8-man jury returned “true bills” on all three of her charges, which indicates they heard sufficient evidence for the case to proceed in court.

But the young teen won’t have the protection of the juvenile court system.

“When a defendant (in a murder case) is thirteen or older, it automatically goes to Superior Court for prosecution as an adult,” District Attorney Ashley Wright said, noting there was no decision-making in the process.

Decade has been in a youth detention center since Oct. 21 when EMA technicians found her aunt dead on the kitchen floor of their Scotts Store Road home just north of Midville.

At the time, deputies said the pair was arguing when Decade stabbed Mack in the chest area with a kitchen knife.

Mack, a convicted sex offender, had Decade and six younger children living in the home with her.

The other children were put in foster care and were dealt another hard blow just two days later.

Decade’s mother Tina Wright was killed when her van hydroplaned on an I-16 ramp in Bulloch County and crashed into a concrete culvert.

Burke County investigators said Wright lived in Florida and was trying to get to her children here.

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