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Decision Reached Regarding 12-Year-Old Suspect

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors have reached a decision about whether a 12-year-old boy accused in the slaying of his parents will be tried as an adult.

District Attorney Bob Watson and the boy’s public defender Tom Ward will announce the decision during a joint news conference Friday morning in Fort Morgan. Watson and Ward each declined to comment Thursday.

The boy’s name is not being released because he is a juvenile. Authorities accuse the boy of shooting and killing 50-year-old Charles Long and 51-year-old Marilyn Long inside their Burlington home.

Two younger children were stabbed and assaulted with a knife.

The boy is being held on a juvenile-delinquency petition alleging two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of first-degree assault.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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