15 May, 2013

Boy accused in killing of his sister due in court By The Associated Press TRACIE CONE (Associated Press)

Photo credit: AP | FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, teacher Cecilia Richardson helps a student tie a ribbon honoring murder victim, third grader Leila Fowler, at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, Calif. The father of a 12-year-old boy arrested in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister says he believes his son is innocent until he is shown evidence that proves otherwise. Barney Fowler, father of a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister, on Monday, May 13, 2013 said that the family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son." Sheriff's deputies in the Central California foothill community of Valley Springs arrested the 12-year-old on Saturday in the April 27 death of 8-year-old Leila Fowler. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)


(AP) -- A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister in their Central California home is due in juvenile court Wednesday after his attorney said the boy had been charged with murder.

Attorney Mark Reichel told KTVU-TV Tuesday evening that his client has been charged with second degree murder and a special allegation for use of a dangerous weapon.

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