Jury selected in murder trial of 13-year-old boy in Michigan

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Posted: Aug 31, 2015 3:18 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.

Twelve jurors and two alternates were selected Monday. Opening statements and evidence will be offered Tuesday in Kent County court.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, is charged in the death of Michael Connor Verkerke a year ago in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.

The teen is designated as an adult in the juvenile court system. That means he would be sentenced as a juvenile if convicted of murder, then resentenced as an adult at age 21.

The Associated Press isn't naming him because of his age. The boy's mental health could be an issue at trial, although he was found competent.