Judge weighs if boy to be tried for dad's killing

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Posted: May 25, 2011 12:13 PM
Judge weighs if boy to be tried for dad's killing

A New Mexico judge is deciding if a 12-year-old boy is competent to stand trial on charges he killed his father nearly two years ago.

The youth was 10 when 42-year-old Byron Hilburn was shot in the head in August 2009 at their Belen home 35 miles south of Albuquerque.

KOB-TV reports defense psychologist Dr. Maxann Schwartz evaluated the boy three times and found him not competent to stand trial.

Schwartz says that even though the child understands the charges and consequences, he does not fully understand the proceedings.

Attorneys in the case have about three weeks to submit their final arguments before the judge makes a decision.

KOAT-TV reported at the time that the boy told officers he thought his father was disciplining him too harshly and too often.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com