Boy, 12, charged with second-degree murder in younger sister's death

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The lawyer for the 12-year-old boy accused in the stabbing death of his eight-year-old sister says murder charges have been filed against the boy.

Mark Reichel told KTVU-TV tonight that his client has been charged with second-degree murder and a special allegation for use of a dangerous weapon.

Reichel had said earlier that the boy might have lied about seeing a long-haired intruder fleeing the scene but that doesn't make the boy the killer.

Also today, Reichel visited the home where eighty-year-old Leila Fowler was found April 27 with knife wounds.

Her brother was the only one home.

The boy told police he scared off an intruder.