Teen Charged in 11-Year-Old Menifee Boy's Slaying Could Be Tried as Adult

An 11-year-old boy's body was found after a search in Riverside County and his half brother was charged in the case

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    Terry Dewayne Smith, an 11-year-old autistic boy, went missing from his home Saturday night or Sunday morning, prompting a search of an area that failed to locate him, authorities said.

    The 16-year-old half brother accused in the killing of an 11-year-old boy whose body was found near his Riverside County home is expected to appear in court on Monday when a judge could rule whether he should be tried as an adult.

    Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against Skylor Atilano, 16, in the death of his 11-year-old half brother, Terry Dewayne Smith Jr., who was the subject of an intense search after he was reported missing on Sunday.

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    Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall said Friday the charge against the 16-year-old suspect was filed in juvenile court.

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    The father of missing Menifee boy Terry Smith spoke out Wednesday night, following the discovery of a child's body in the boy's backyard. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 10, 2013.

    But he says prosecutors will ask a judge at a Monday hearing to determine if the case should be transferred to adult court.

    Terry's body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave under a tree behind the house he shared with his mother, half brother and other family.

    His mother reported him missing Sunday. The search lasted four days.

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