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Indiana judge weighs adult court for teen in girl’s killing

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge is weighing whether a 15-year-old boy should be tried as an adult on charges alleging that he molested and fatally strangled a 6-year-old northern Indiana girl last year.

A St. Joseph County magistrate heard testimony Wednesday on whether the boy should be waived from probate to superior court, where he would be tried as an adult and receive a harsher sentence if convicted.

The South Bend Tribune reports that a ruling was not expected for at least several days.

The boy was previously found psychologically competent to stand trial in Grace Ross’ March 2021 killing in a wooded area near New Carlisle, about 75 miles east of Chicago.