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article imageArkansas boy to be charged as adult after sister was shot, killed

By Kay Mathews
Jan 17, 2012 in Crime
Ozark - A 15-year-old boy confessed to shooting and killing his sister, 16, on Sunday and officials have decided that he will be charged as an adult for the crime of murder.
On Jan. 15 Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen said that "a 15 year old boy walked into his office this morning - and said he just killed his 16 year old sister," according to NWAonline.
The name of the teenager who allegedly murdered his sister has not been disclosed, nor has the name of his sister.
The teenagers lived in Northern Franklin County and attended school in Ozark. Ark. Ozark High School superintendent Jim Ford was quoted by The Washington Post as saying "Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at Ozark High School, where the sister was a sophomore basketball player and the boy is in ninth grade."
KSPR notes, "Authorities found the girl's body in a bedroom at the family's home near Ozark. No one else was there."
Sheriff Boen indicated that he does not think the "shooting was an accident" and reported that the boy did not "say why he shot his sibling."
Apparently the girl was shot numerous times on the morning of Jan. 15 while the teens' parents were out shopping. CBSNews quotes Prosecutor David Gibbons as saying that the teenager "will be charged as an adult with murder...because of the nature of the crime."
Multiple guns were confiscated by investigators from the family's vehicle and home for the purpose of identifying which weapon was used to kill the girl.
The girl's body is at the state crime lab and preliminary autopsy results are expected shortly.
After an initial court appearance today, the teen is being "held on a $750,000 bond" and according to The Washington Post, authorities said, "formal murder charges are expected by the end of next week."
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