Iowa Teen Seeks To Move Murder Case To Juvenile Court

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for a teen accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in western Iowa is asking that his case be moved to juvenile court.

The Des Moines Register reports that public defender Michael Williams of Sioux City is also asking for a full evaluation of the 17-year-old's mental health, juvenile court history and family history.

The teen's family has said he is mentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a preschooler.

A judge has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 30, the same day the teen is supposed to be arraigned.

Authorities believe the teen killed 5-year-old Dominic Elkins, whose body was found at the bottom of a ravine on Aug. 31.

The teen and the boy had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.
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