Two Las Vegas teens facing murder charges related to the fatal bicycle hit and run of Andreas “Andy” Probst appeared in court this week, where a judge established their trial date. The grand jury indicted 18-year-old Jesus Ayala and 16-year-old Jzamir Keys on Tuesday morning. The charges stem from a crime spree in August, during which the teens are accused of stealing multiple cars, burglarizing a home, hitting another car on the road, and striking two bicyclists in separate incidents.
One of the hit-and-run victims, a 72-year-old man, survived, while the other, 64-year-old retired California police chief Andreas Probst, tragically did not.
During the court appearance on Tuesday, Ayala and Keys reportedly displayed behavior that was concerning to the victims’ family. Taylor Probst, the daughter of the deceased victim, Andreas Probst, mentioned that the teens attempted to intimidate them and behaved disrespectfully in the courtroom.
In addition to their alleged actions during the trial, the teens were observed communicating with each other and occasionally concealing their faces. Video footage from inside the courtroom appeared to capture them laughing at one point.
Earlier, KLAS obtained body-camera video revealing Ayala’s attitude shortly after being taken into custody. Ayala was heard minimizing the seriousness of the hit-and-run incident, referring to it as “just a [expletive] hit and run” and suggesting it would result in a minor penalty.
Taylor Probst expressed her belief that this evidence would aid in the prosecution of the teens, highlighting their apparent lack of remorse and the potential danger they pose to others.
She also voiced her opinion that the parents of the accused bear some responsibility for their actions, stating, “A multitude of different people failed, but I think ultimately the parents, they’re the ones who failed.”
Crystal Probst, the widow of Andreas Probst, has vowed to attend the teens’ court hearings alongside Taylor Probst, seeking justice and representing a face of the victim in this case. She wears her late husband’s Apple watch to court, the same watch he had on when the fatal incident occurred, as a tribute and a reminder of their fight for justice.
Both Ayala and Keys, who were minors at the time of the alleged crime spree, are being tried in the adult court system. The trial date has been scheduled for September 16, 2024. While Taylor Probst expressed her desire for the teens to receive the death penalty, it is not possible because they were juveniles at the time of the alleged crimes.