COUNCIL BLUFFS — An Omaha teenager, one of three people charged in the January slaying of a Council Bluffs man, will be charged as an adult with first-degree murder, robbery and theft, a judge decided Thursday.
Xavier Smith-Catchings, 16, was arrested March 5 and accused in the slaying of Adam Angeroth, 38. Smith-Catchings is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs.
Two other people, Liam Stec, 21, of Omaha, and Nicholas Haner, 20, of Harlan, Iowa, also have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Angeroth’s death.
Stec is being held at the Douglas County Jail in Omaha on a murder warrant and a separate theft charge after his arrest Jan. 25.
According to court records, Smith-Catchings was 15 at the time authorities say Angeroth died. Angeroth’s body was discovered in his apartment at 35 N. First St. on Jan. 24.
According to Council Bluffs police, Angeroth was found after no one had seen him for several days.
Angeroth was last known to have been alive at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at his apartment while in the company of the three young men.
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A witness interviewed by detectives said that earlier that day, one of the men allegedly gave him a shopping list that included zip-ties, duct tape and black bandannas, according to court records.
The witness said he heard the three “discussing killing Adam for having” Haner arrested on Jan. 18.
During Smith-Catchings’ hearing on Thursday, a Juvenile Court Services case worker recommended that the teenager’s case be moved to district court.
If convicted of murder as a juvenile, Smith-Catchings would have been under the supervision of the State of Iowa until the age of 18. If convicted as an adult, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
His next hearing in district court had not been scheduled as of Thursday afternoon.