Psychologist: Boy in crossbow killing can be rehabilitated

CHANDLER, Okla. - A psychologist says a 14-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the crossbow killing of a 10-year-old friend in Oklahoma can be rehabilitated if his case is diverted to juvenile court.

The death happened last fall in the small town of Chandler, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Investigators said 10-year-old Austin Almanza was killed when he was struck by an arrow that traveled through his body and then pierced his 8-year-old brother in the arm.

Prosecutors charged the  13-year-old boy who allegedly shot the arrow was charged as an adult, making him one of the youngest ever in Oklahoma to be charged as an adult with first-degree murder. A psychological evaluation was ordered in January by a judge. 

 

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