US boy, 12, charged in sister's death, 8

2013-05-15 11:00

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Sacramento — The attorney for the 12-year-old boy accused in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister says murder charges have been filed against the boy.

Attorney Mark Reichel told KTVU-TV on Tuesday evening that his client has been charged with second degree murder and a special allegation for use of a dangerous weapon.

Reichel had said earlier on Tuesday that the boy might have lied about seeing a long-haired intruder fleeing the scene but that doesn't make the boy the killer.

Also on Tuesday, Reichel visited the home where 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found on 27 April with knife wounds. Her brother was the only one home.

The boy told police he scared off an intruder.

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