Missouri boy to be tried as adult in shooting of sister

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 9:47 a.m. CDT; updated 4:06 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 14, 2012

BOLIVAR — A 15-year-old southwest Missouri boy will be tried as an adult in the shooting death of his 12-year-old half-sister.

A Polk County judge ruled Wednesday that the death of Sierra Elliott met the criteria to move the case from juvenile to adult court.

Sierra was shot in the head on March 24 while she and her brother were left alone in their home west of Bolivar.

The suspect took his father's truck and was later arrested in Kansas City at his mother's home.

KY3-TV reports that Missouri law allows trying 15- and 16-year-olds in adult court if a judge determines the crimes meet certain criteria.

Both Sierra and her brother were students at Fair Play School.

Formal charges are expected to be filed Thursday.

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