ORLANDO, Fla. - A 14-year-old boy is accused of driving a getaway car Thursday following a violent armed robbery and shooting.
On Friday Joshua Leaster listened as a judge read the charges against him.
"Attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and robbery with a firearm," the judge said in court.
That judge rebuffed a plea by the Leaster's mother to let him come home.
"He will not be released today on these charges," said the judge.
Police said the teen waited outside OU Metal Recycling as two armed men robbed the business owner and then shot him, even after he complied with their demands.
The business owner was hospitalized in critical condition.
"At least two of them possibly were masked. They produced semi-automatic handguns at that robbery and fled the scene. The business owner was injured. He was taken to ORMC. [He was] shot in the upper body," said Jeff Williamson, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The accused gunmen have not been caught.
Outside the courtroom the Leaster's mother told Channel 9's Mario Boone that her son has never been in trouble and she insisted he wasn't involved.
But the judge agreed with a prosecution request to hold the teen beyond the standard 21-day detention.
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