A Staunton Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge on Monday certified first-degree murder charges against the suspect charged with the Gypsy Hill murder case back in May.
In court, investigators testified that the victim was stabbed 30 to 40 times.
The testimony caused several in the courtroom to gasp when when they heard the details.
The suspect faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Julian Parrott, a 26-year-old Staunton man who, according to those who knew him, had special needs.
Parrott's body was found on May 8 near the 18th hole of Gypsy Hill Park's golf course. Investigators traced calls on Parrott's cell phone back to the suspect, who later confessed to stabbing Parrott multiple times.
In court on Monday the defense attorney argued that this was a "heat of passion" killing after a brief scuffle between the suspect and victim.
At this time WHSV is not releasing the name of the suspect, a 16-year-old boy, because he is a juvenile.
The suspect showed little emotion during his preliminary hearing on Monday.
His mother sat beside him at the defendant's table. She was visibly upset, breaking down in tears several times as she listened to the testimony.
The suspect looked over at his mother a couple of times, at one point exchanging some brief words with her.
The case will now be transferred to Staunton Circuit Court. The 16-year-old suspect will be tried as an adult.
© Copyright 2014 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.