Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Friday he is preparing motions for a judge to consider if the cases should be moved from juvenile court to district court.
The judge will be asked to set the transfer at another hearing May 25.
A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old from the town of Basalt, Colo., face charges in the alleged plot. The older defendant was arrested April 25 for conspiracy to commit first-degree conspiracy and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The younger defendant faces the same charges, and was taken into custody on a probation violation April 18, authorities said.
Basalt police said the 15-year-old confessed to preparing to lure the youth to a nearby park, and planning, with three other friends, to intimidate the victim with a gun, beat him, then leave him to starve in nearby woods.
The suspect was allegedly upset with the intended victim over a drug deal and a relationship with a girl, a police statement said.
The Aspen Times pointed out Monday that Gov. John Hickenlooper removed the power of prosecutors to charge 14- and 15-year-olds as adults without transfer hearings last month. Juveniles 16 and 17 can be charged without the hearings. Hurlbert said his office will request transfer hearings on both boys.