By: Mary Smith
Published: Jul 4, 2021

11 Year Old Charged In Indiana Murder

An 11 year old Indiana murder puts one boy on trial. The murder in Indiana could put the 11 year old boy behind bars for 90 years.

According to the police, two boys were alone in a home in Morgan County, on Thursday when the younger child was shot in the head. His younger brother, who was the only other person at home at the time of the shooting, called 911 to report the incident, ABC News reported. The boy will be charged as a juvenile with murder and criminal recklessness, Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega has said.

The boy was being held Saturday at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center. Initial reports from the sheriff’s office indicated that the boy’s shooting was an accident. However, Steve Sonnega hinted differently.

“There are cases where what you first believe to be true isn’t necessarily where the evidence takes you. There are lots of things we need to find out. We’ve got to err on the side of safety, and we have to act appropriately,” said Sonnega.

“Murder can be knowingly or intentionally. There is a slight difference. Knowingly means when you engage in conduct you know there is a high probability of the outcome,” he added.

The last time someone so young was charged with murder in the state came in the early 1920s, when a juvenile was charged and tried as an adult in northwest Starke County. That boy was never convicted.


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