SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The 15-year-old California boy charged with murdering and raping an 8-year-old neighbor has made his first court appearance.
Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, who is charged as an adult, did not enter a plea at the Thursday appearance. The Santa Cruz district attorney's office says the teen's arraignment is continued to Sept. 21.
KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1fLuFgu ) Gonzalez, of Santa Cruz, was led into the courthouse by an attorney, his hands cuffed in front of him.
Gonzalez faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of charges that he bound, raped, sexually assault and killed the girl.
Police say the teen lured Madyson Middleton into his family's apartment from a courtyard at an artists' complex where both lived with their mothers. Police say he then hid her body in a recycling bin.
Information from: KNTV-TV.