Missouri teen could face adult charges in girl's death

Saturday, January 9, 2010 | 7:27 p.m. CST

HARRISONVILLE — A western Missouri judge will decide whether the case against a 16-year-old boy accused of killing a 14-year-old girl will be handled in juvenile or adult court.

The Kansas City Star reported that the chief juvenile officer in Cass County filed a petition Friday alleging that the suspect committed what would be first-degree murder and armed criminal action if he had been 17. It would be up to the court to certify the teen as an adult.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

Investigators said he stabbed Katie Rios to death Thursday during a dispute at their home south of Harrisonville. The boy was tracked through three miles of snow.

The teenagers were related, but authorities have not said how.


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