Agreed. I'd also agree that the public defender was probably overworked and underpaid, and that's common all over the world.
Not an excuse for professional negligence in any profession that I'm aware of.
A 14 years should never be interrogated without a lawyer or parent present. That jumps out at me right off.
That's the law in my state and probably most states with a modern criminal / juvenile code.
What I'm saying is that if a minor confesses, there better be some air tight safeguards in place to make sure it's a valid confession
Apparently this minor was charged as an adult, which by itself is unusual for a fourteen year old. Regardless, in my state, every defendant, regardless of age, when making a guilty plea, has to state on the record what he/she did that constitutes the offense to which he/she is pleading. No factual basis, no acceptance of the guilty plea.
There was another person confessed of killing those 4 persons.
Not unheard of - while not common, criminals already in big trouble do confess for other criminals. Without knowing more, another confession might not be very persuasive. People, including adults, even innocent ones, do make false confessions. It sounds crazy, but it does happen.