St. Johns boy in court on probation violations
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
ST. JOHNS, Ariz. (AP) - An eastern Arizona boy who has spent nearly three years in residential treatment for killing his father's friend will be back in court Thursday because of probation violations.
The 12-year-old had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2008 death of the friend, Tim Romans, in St. Johns. Prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him in his father's death.
The boy pleaded guilty earlier this year to a trio of probation violations that include leaving the treatment facility without permission.
A judge is considering whether to place him elsewhere.
The boy's attorney is pushing for foster care or another therapeutic center. The psychologist treating the boy has even offered up his own home.
Prosecutors have said those options don't ensure the public's safety and want the boy in a secure facility.
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