Suspect in Beach teen’s shooting death certified as an adult

Ethan Torres (Photo: Virginia Beach City Jail)
Sidea Lashae Griffin. Credit: Family photo/Facebook

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The suspect in the shooting death of a Virginia Beach teen was certified as an adult in court on Wednesday.

Police say 18-year-old Sidea Griffin was shot and showed up at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 14. She later died from her injuries.

Griffin was months away from her graduation at Kempsville High School.

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Police said on Jan. 25 that detectives had identified a juvenile as a suspect in the shooting.

On Wednesday, the suspect — 17-year-old Ethan Torres — was certified as an adult. His charges of second-degree murder, attempted robbery and use of a firearm were also certified to the grand jury, which is set to meet on May 22.

A judge transferred Torres to the Virginia Beach City Jail. He was previously being held in the juvenile detention center.

Torres’ trial is expected to start on June 26.

Stay with for updates on this developing story.