Maine boy accused of killing parents will remain in custody

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 4:52 PM

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A 17-year-old Maine boy charged with killing his parents in their home is going to remain in custody.

A judge on Tuesday ordered a psychological examination for Andrew Balcer (BAHL'-sur), who's charged with two counts of murder. Documents detailing the crime were sealed.

Police say a 911 call early Monday led authorities to the bodies of Antonio and Alice Balcer in Winthrop.

A neighbor said she called for help after a woman came from the direction of the Balcer home saying someone had a gun and she feared for her life.

The father was a Coast Guard veteran, and the mother worked at Winthrop Veterinary Hospital.

The teen's name was released by his lawyer, who declined to comment. Andrew Balcer is charged as a juvenile, but state prosecutors are requesting a hearing to decide whether Balcer should be tried as an adult.

Balcer is detained at a South Portland juvenile facility and is scheduled to next appear in court Nov. 17. Prosecutors will review his psychological examination before deciding whether to file a motion to try him as an adult.

Autopsies were being performed Tuesday, and the state medical examiner's office has not yet released results.