17-Year-Old Charged With N. Ireland Cop's Murder

Boy also accused of membership in Continuity IRA
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 6:55 AM CDT
The funeral of Stephen Carroll makes its way through Banbridge, Northern Ireland, March 13, 2009. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the policeman's murder.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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(Newser) – A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland earlier this month, reports the Telegraph. Stephen Carroll was shot dead on March 9 in the first killing of a police officer in the region in 12 years. The youth, who has not been named, has also been charged with a firearms offense and with belonging to a proscribed organization: the Continuity IRA, a splinter paramilitary group.