Seventeen-year-old Cortez Sims will be tried as an adult for quadruple shooting

Cortez Sims
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Seventeen-year-old Cortez Sims will be tried as an adult in Hamilton County Criminal Court in connection with the quadruple early January shooting that left one dead and a baby seriously injured.

Judge Robert Philyaw made the decision in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on Thursday morning, after hearing all of the state's evidence against the teen.

Police say Sims burst into a College Hill Courts apartment and opened fire, killing 20-year- old Talitha Bowman and injuring two others, including 1-year-old Zoey Duncan.

Survivors identified Sims, who fled. Sims was briefly placed on a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation list of the state's most-wanted fugitives, and was arrested days after the shooting in Knoxville.

Sims is charged with first-degree murder, and several counts of attempted first-degree murder.