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Father of Deserae Turner speaks

Father of Deserae Turner speaks (Photo: Turner family)

(KUTV) The father of a 14-year-old girl shot in the head spoke publicly Wednesday for the very first time.

Deserea turner was shot on the afternoon of Feb. 16 in the back of the head and left for dead in a canal in the small town of Smithfield, Utah, just north of Logan in Cache County.

Two 16-year-old boys are in custody for the crime and charged with attempted aggravated murder.

"The prayers of many have been answered as our sweet daughter is still here to love," said Deserae Turner's father, Matt Turner who read a statement to the media.

Deserae still remains in the hospital with a bullet lodged in her head and is slowly recovering.

"We continue to be hopeful in improvements in our daughters condition. She has undergone a tough surgery and continues to fight for the ability to complete daily task many of us take for granted," said Matt Turner.

The alleged shooter was in court on Tuesday and the other teen was in court on Wednesday for their preliminary hearings.

A judge ruled in both cases that there is enough evidence to send them to trial.

Shannon Demler, the attorney for the teen who allegedly didn't pull the trigger, argued in court that his client is not guilty of attempted aggravated murder because he wasn't the shooter.

After the hearing Demler told 2News: "The other person that was involved brought the gun. The other person brought the victim to the scene that person shot her, he admits all those things my client didn't have anything to do with that. He was there he panicked he ran."

But prosecutors argued he helped in the planning of a "premeditated murder plot."

Prosecutors want both teens to be tried as adults. That will be decided next month.

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