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Teen accused of arson, murder, could have secret trial

A 14-year-old Kansas boy who is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with an arson case is waiting to find out whether the judge will prevent media representatives from accessing the proceedings. An attorney in the case argues that too much effort would be required to rehabilitate the child after the embarrassment and psychological damage he could suffer if the proceedings were made public.

Authorities report that the child is charged with murder and aggravated arson in connection with a fire at his family home in late September. That boy is accused of killing his mother and younger sister in the blaze. A variety of criminal processes are currently under way in the case, with the state seeking a move that would try the teen as an adult. If he is subject to juvenile court rules, he would only be incarcerated until he turns 23. On the other hand, if the boy is tried as an adult, he could face life in prison for the alleged crimes.

The child is accused of pouring gasoline throughout his house after his parents and sister went to sleep. He also allegedly poured gas throughout the stairwells and doors to block the victims' escape. The child reportedly submitted a confession, admitting that he planned and committed the crime. His attorney alleges that the state is only attempting to try the child as an adult to satisfy the obscene curiosity of those who follow crime news stories.

The boy's attorney is seeking an order that would close all hearings from the public's eye. In addition, the court record would be completely sealed from media and other inquiries, and a gag order would be instituted to prevent public discussion of the case. The lawyer argues that these changes would guarantee that his client receives a fair trial. If the case is open to public scrutiny, it would be virtually impossible for the teen's case to be decided by an unbiased jury.

Source:, "Kansas teen seeks to bar public in his murder case" No author given, Oct. 22, 2013

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