APNewsBreak: Boy's Lawyer: Lie Doesn't Mean Guilt

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - An attorney for a 12-year-old California boy arrested in the stabbing death of his sister says the youngster might have lied about seeing a long-haired intruder fleeing the scene but that doesn't make the boy the killer.

Attorney Mark Reichel met Tuesday with the boy in juvenile jail then visited the home where 8-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. For two-weeks, Calaveras County sheriff's investigators searched door to door for witnesses and evidence before arresting the boy on Saturday.

Police haven't revealed what evidence they have.

Reichel said his client might have made up a "macho" story about scaring away the intruder because he was scared.

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