California boy's half brother charged with murder

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 7:03 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a Southern California teen in the death of his 11-year-old half brother, who was the subject of an intense search.

Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall said Friday the charge against the 16-year-old suspect was filed in juvenile court. But he says prosecutors will ask a judge at a Monday hearing to determine if the case should be transferred to adult court.

The Associated Press is withholding the suspect's name because of his age.

Terry Dewayne Smith Jr.'s body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave under a tree behind the house he shared with his mother, half brother and other family.

His mother reported him missing Sunday, and a search lasted four days.

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