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Valley Springs Boy Faces Second-Degree Murder Charge

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(Calaveras County)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The boy walked into court dressed in a green jumpsuit. He was arrested Saturday in the stabbing death of his sister Leilah at their Valley Springs home. The arrest came after almost two weeks of investigation. The boy had allegedly told investigators an intruder was responsible.

Defense attorney Steven Plesser says there are still many questions.

"Why do the police think the minor did it, what forensic evidence is out there, how solid is it, how is it possible for a 12-year-old to commit an offense like this, and how could a 12-year-old commit an offense like this in such a way that would not lead to an immediate arrest."

The boy's mother and father sat in court, and defense co-counsel Mark Reichel spoke for them.

"Like any good family this is extremely problematic for them, I can tell you they love all of their children, like every good family, they love all of their children," said Reichel.

The boy cannot be tried as an adult, but the judge said he could be confined until his 23rd birthday if he's found guilty. No plea was entered by the defense, and the hearing has been continued until May 29th.


Barney Fowler and his fiancee walk with defense team to court

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