May 13, 2013 USA Today
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Investigators worked more than 2,000 hours to solve the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in her home here last month.
Now that officials have zeroed in on Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother as the suspected killer, the next question is what happens to the preteen.
The boy, who has not been identified because of his age, will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has said. Leila's brother is in custody now.
Barney Fowler, the father of the boy, told The Associated Press on Monday that the family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son."
His case likely will play out in the Juvenile Division of Calaveras County Superior Court because of his age. In California, children as young as 14 may be tried as adults but cannot receive the death penalty, according to the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center in San Francisco, which was created in 1999 by the American Bar Association to support juvenile trial lawyers.