11 Year Old Indiana Murder
July 3, 2011 by USA Post
11 Year Old Indiana Murder, An 11-year-old central Indiana boy accused of killing his brother, probably the youngest person to face charges of murder in Indiana in 90 years. The Indianapolis Star reported Saturday that the last time someone so young was charged with murder in Indiana was in the 1920′s, when a 11-year-old was charged with murder and tried as an adult in the northwest Starke Indiana County. That boy was not convicted.
Some details about the shooting Thursday night that killed six-year-old Andrew Frye in his family home near Martinsville have been released because a judge on Friday ordered the details remain closed. Morgan County Prosecutor, said Steve Sonnega some information could come Wednesday, when the accused to appear at an initial hearing.
The 11-year-old was arrested on Saturday at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.
“The murder may be knowingly or intentionally,” said Sonnega. “There is a slight difference. Knowingly means that when you engage in conduct knowing that there is a high probability of the outcome.”
The child is currently charged as a juvenile with murder and criminal recklessness. However, the case could end up in adult court, as Indiana law allows anyone over 10 years of age to be tried as an adult. For this to happen, prosecutors would have to convince the county juvenile court that there was no evidence against him, which probably can not be rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system, and waived him to adult court is in the best interest of the safety and welfare of the community.
Sonnega said the decision on whether to treat the child resignation in adult court would be made later.
The 911 calls from 11 years of age, to report the shooting from 18:15 Thursday. Officers arrived and found the 6 years of age in a bed in a bedroom with a .22 caliber gunshot wound to the head. The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he died at 8:03 pm Thursday, police said. The order of Judge Christopher Burnham, after a probable cause hearing Friday Sonnega prohibited from disclosing the details of the case.
Her mother and her boyfriend cared for the children, but a sheriff’s official said adults were not home when the shooting occurred.
Prosecutors and police were investigating possible charges against the neglect of adults, Sonnega said.
Martinsville is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.
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