Shawnee teen charged with fatally shooting father to undergo mental evaluation

SHAWNEE, Kan. - A 14-year-old Shawnee boy charged with fatally shooting his father will undergo a mental evaluation, per an agreement between the defense and district attorney.

Police said the boy, who 41 Action News has chosen not to identify because he is charged as a minor, walked up to a car during a drop-off between his parents and shot his 46-year-old father, Darren Gay.

The boy appeared in court Tuesday, where council agreed he should take the mental evaluation.

"Determining his maturity level will be one of the factors that the district attorney evaluates in determining to file a motion to waive him to adult status," Defense Attorney Trey Pettlon said.

It will be at least a month before we find out if a teenager -- accused of killing his dad in Shawnee, Kan., -- will stand trial as juvenile or an adult.

Court documents show a custody and child support struggle more than a decade-long in and out of court.

In 2003, the child's mother asked for sole custody because she claimed the father was verbally abusive to her and needed anger management.

The father, now the victim, denied those claims.

Court officials later ordered mediation.

No information about a motive has been released.

The judge could still decide the teen should be charged as an adult. If he is convicted as an adult, he could face life in prison with parole after 25 years.

The next hearing in the case is set for Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. He will remain in custody at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center until then.

For now, the teen will remain in custody with no chance of bail.

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