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Preteen charged in shooting death of classmate

A 12—year--old boy has been apprehended in connection with the shooting death of a teenager in Kansas City. The youngster is facing juvenile crime charges because of the case. He is also accused of abandoning the 14—year--old victim’s body after he was shot dead.

Several other teenagers have also been implicated in the death of the area eighth--grader, who was found buried under a mound of dirt on a vacant cul—de--sac. A 16—year--old boy is being charged with abandonment of a corpse; he is currently held in juvenile jail because of his juvenile status. Another young man, age 17, is considered an adult in the case and is facing felony charges related to abandonment of a corpse. He is also currently held in jail.

Authorities report that the 12—year--old accidentally shot his victim while the four boys were socializing with the 14—year--old at his house on April 24. The group is accused of dragging the victim’s body into the basement, where they covered him with bedding while they cleaned up the blood in the house. Then, the boys reportedly waited until the middle of the night to remove the victim’s body from the home, transporting him into the nearby vacant lot. They used just their hands to scoop dirt onto the body in an attempt to hide it, according to witnesses.

One of the defendants told officers that the group did not call 911 because they knew the victim was already dead.

The status of criminal charges may change in the case as the investigation into the matter continues. It is clear that the juveniles will be treated separately from those deemed to be adults; it does not appear that they are facing felony charges. The very young man accused of the crime should consider obtaining the services of a legal professional to help his family understand the boy’s legal rights throughout the upcoming proceedings.


Source:  kansascity.com, "12???year--old is accused in shooting death of Hickman Mills eighth--grader" Christine Vendel, Apr. 26, 2013

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