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Boy could be tried for murder as adult

BURLINGTON, Colo., June 5 (UPI) -- Burlington, Colo., residents are split on whether a 12-year-old boy accused of his killing parents should be tried as an adult or juvenile, a prosecutor says.

The first step in determining whether or not the boy will be tried in juvenile court comes Monday when there will be a pretrial hearing, The Denver Post reported. The hearing will be closed to the public and the media, the newspaper said.

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After the hearing, prosecutor Bob Watson will have 30 days to request the boy's case be transferred to adult court. If Watson does so, the judge will then rule on the request.

"Half of a community will want me shot if I give a kid anything other than a hug, the other half of a community wants me shot if I don't go as far as life," Watson said.

The boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, is charged with killing both of his parents, who were found dead in their home on the evening of March 1, and gravely injuring his two younger siblings.

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