12-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty in Sister's Death
'I say he is innocent': Attorney for Leila Fowler's brother
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 30, 2013 3:52 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
A student at Jenny Lind Elementary School ties a ribbon honoring murder victim Leila Fowler, in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday April 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – The brother of 8-year-old Leila Fowler has pleaded not guilty in her death, his lawyer says. The California 12-year-old, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, appeared in juvenile court yesterday, lawyer Mark Reichel said, per CNN. "I say he is innocent," Reichel said. On July 31, he says, they'll return to court to set a trial date. "We are getting into the issue of whether a 12-year-old can ever be put on trial for murder." The boy's family has been supportive, and he's "doing OK under tough circumstances," Reichel said. Click for more on the murder, which was originally blamed on an intruder the boy claimed to have seen.

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May 30, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
if he lied , he knew he`d done something wrong ! if he knew he`d done something wrong then he new the difference between right and wrong ! he`s as guilty as the day is long ! wonder what else he`s done that no one knows about !
May 30, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
not old enough to stand trial BUT old enough to lie about it and blame someone else who apparently didn’t exist . yup that dog will hunt
May 30, 2013 4:27 AM CDT
Why even bother posting a summary if you aren't going to summarize anything? Motive? How did it happen?