Teens charged as adults in killing of retired police chief named by authorities

Metro Lieutenant Jason Johansson called the video "appalling" and stated that the drivers "lacked morality."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
The two Las Vegas teenage boys who allegedly intentionally struck and killed retired police chief Andreas Probst while he was riding a bike will be charged as adults.

On Wednesday, Judges ruled that the two suspects, Jesus Ayala, 17, and Jzamir Keys, 16, will be tried as adults in the Las Vegas Justice Court, according to an official with the Clark County district attorney's office, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

Ayala and Keys both face charges of murder with a deadly weapon, battery, and attempted murder. A judge ordered them to be transported to the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday where they will remain behind bars until a jury decides their fate.

Ayala and Keys have been accused of intentionally striking Andreas Probst, 64, a retired police chief who served 35 years in the force, while he rode his bicycle in northwest Las Vegas on Aug. 14, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Authorities said that Ayala is accused of driving the 2016 Hyundai Elantra that struck Probst, while Keys filmed the disturbing intentional killing on video.

The "sadistic" cellphone video that was taken by Keys from the passenger seat and uploaded to social media allegedly shows the two teens deliberately hit and kill Probst, as well as perform a hit-and-run on another vehicle.

"Alright go, go go go," Keys can be heard saying in the photo just moments before Ayala sideswipes a white Toyota Corolla.

"B*tch a** n*gger!" Ayala yelled at the person driving the Toyota Corolla. "Stop talking sh*t, b*tch!"

Shortly after that, Keys can be heard saying, "Get his a**," just before Ayala mows down Probst who was riding a bike on the side of the road with his vehicle.

"That n*gger knocked out!" one of the teens declared from the vehicle.

Probst was pronounced dead at the scene.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Metro Lieutenant Jason Johansson called the video "appalling" and stated the drivers "lacked morality."

Lt. Johansson revealed that the two teens had also intentionally struck a 72-year-old man riding a bike on Fort Apache Road, near Washburn Road, before filming the other two attacks. Johansson said that bicyclist suffered non-life threatening injures, and the man driving the Toyota was not seriously injured, according to the publication.

Two members of Keys' family reportedly shed tears during his brief hearing before Hearing Master Timothy Andrews, while Ayala's mother told KLAS with the assistance of a translator that she doesn't know if "God can forgive this."

Hearing Master Randall Forman presided over Ayala's hearing.

Keys' mother, who wished to remain anonymous, had a different approach than the Ayala family to the murder and told the outlet: "My son's side of the story will be told, ‘the truth,’ not the inaccuracies the media will try to portray."

Probst retired in 2009 as the police chief of Bell, California, which is part of Los Angeles County. His daughter, Taylor, described him as a "ray of sunshine" who adored his wife.
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