Mexico teen charged in drifter's death faces hearing

Friday, January 21, 2011 | 1:34 p.m. CST

MEXICO, Mo. — A northeast Missouri teen charged with helping his family kill an Ohio drifter could learn as soon as next month whether his case will be moved to adult court.

The case is currently in juvenile court because the teen was 16 when James William Boyd McNeely was killed in Laddonia. McNeely's body was discovered in December 2009 in the refrigerated compartment of the tractor-trailer operated by the teen's father, C.J. Harvey.

The hearing to decide which court should handle the murder case against the now 17-year-old suspect had been scheduled for Thursday, but it was delayed until Feb. 8.

The teen's elder brother, Chad Michael Harvey, has been sentenced to life in prison. Murder charges also have been filed against C.J. Harvey, the teen's mother and another brother.

C.J. Harvey has said McNeely had hurt his family.

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