Spring teen could be tried as adult in Missouri

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The Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

GALENA, Mo. (AP) -- A Stone County judge is expected to decide within a week whether two teenagers who fled a juvenile rehabilitation camp in southwest Missouri will be tried as adults in the deaths of a Michigan couple.

A 17-year-old from Spring, Texas, and a 16-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., each face 12 charges in juvenile court in the deaths of 70-year-old Paul Brian Brooks and his wife, Margaret, 69, of Baldwin, Mich.

They were vacationing in relative’s cabin near Lampe when they were beaten and stabbed to death in January.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/11gLcNC ) at a hearing Wednesday, attorneys for the Tennessee teen said he did not participate in the homicides. Witnesses testified the Texas boy should stay in juvenile detention because he was making strides to turn his life around.

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