Judge still to decide whether 15 year-old murder suspect should be tried as an adult

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A judge is weighing whether a 15-year-old boy should be tried as an adult on charges accusing him of molesting and fatally strangling a 6-year-old girl last year.

St. Joseph County Magistrate Graham Polando heard testimony Wednesday on whether the boy should be waived from probate to superior court. He must also decide whether the teen should await trial in jail, the county’s juvenile detention center or another facility.

The boy was previously found psychologically competent to stand trial in Grace Ross’ killing near New Carlisle. Court documents say the boy, then 14 years old, told police a “shadowy man” controlled him and made him strangle Ross after she followed him into the woods from the nearby apartment complex where she lived.

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