A Family Court judge in Woodbury has ruled that a Glassboro teen accused of killing his parents by setting their house on fire should be tried as an adult.
Judge Mary K. White on Friday sent the case to adult court because Gloucester County prosecutors showed probable cause that Jason Henry, 16, was involved in the February fire.
If White had not forwarded the case, the charges against Henry - murder, arson and aggravated assault - would have been dismissed, the judge said.
Henry's parents - Michelle Henry, 39, and Stephen Edwards, 43 - died from fire injuries.
Police say Henry told them that he had set the fire by pouring gasoline in several rooms and the basement to collect insurance money because his family was suffering financially.
But investigators found evidence of gasoline poured around the bed and in the bedroom where the boy's parents had been sleeping, according to Cpl. George Daniel Williams, a Glassboro police detective.
White set bail at $1 million and ordered Henry returned to a Clarksboro juvenile detention center. He faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.