The mothers of the two teens accused of deliberately running over and killing a retired police chief in Las Vegas last month have broken their silence, as one proclaimed her son’s “side of the story” will be told.
Jesus Ayala, 17, and Jzamir Keys, 16 were arrested last month when they recorded themselves striking Andreas Probst, 64, who had been riding his bicycle on a neighborhood street, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A judge ruled Wednesday that the teens will face their charges as adults.
The two mothers, who both remained unnamed, each took a different direction when questioned about their son’s disturbing actions.
“I don’t know why he did this,” Ayala’s mother told KLAS. “I don’t know if God can forgive this.”
The 17-year-old was allegedly driving the Hyundai Elantra on Aug. 14 when they came upon Probst.
Ayala can be heard in the horrific video asking his Keys “Ready” before the two began laughing as the latter says, “Yeah, hit his ass.”
The car struck the defenseless cyclist, tossing him over the hood of the vehicle and leaving him to die on the side of the road.
Ayala was arrested the same day of the deadly hit-and-run, but it took cops five weeks to capture Keys, who was caught on surveillance camera wearing a face mask at the time.
Keys was caught because of the video he recorded, which police were alerted to by a school resource officer who received the video from a student.
“My son’s side of the story will be told, ‘the truth,’ not the inaccuracies the media will try to portray,” Keys’ mother told the outlet via text message.
The two face charges of murder with a deadly weapon, battery and attempted murder, Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Watson said at both teen’s court hearings Wednesday, according to the Review-Journal.
During his appearance in Family Court on Wednesday, Keys had two family members in attendance who cried during the hearing.
Prior to allegedly killing Probst, the two teens had allegedly gone on a mini crime spree.
They are accused of running over a 72-year-old man and ramming into another vehicle and stealing four cars that day.
Keys is believed to have been the driver for the first hit-and-run, police said at a news conference on Tuesday, according to the CBS outlet.
Probst’s family said Tuesday that they believe the senseless killing was caused by the effect “social media has on our youth” — not because of his 35 years in law enforcement.
Probst was the chief of police in Bell, California before he retired in 2009 and moved to Las Vegas.
“Andy’s life was robbed by two individuals who did not believe that the lives of others matter,” his daughter Taylor said, calling her father a “man of honor and integrity.”