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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    Father of Menifee Boy Speaks Out

    [LA] Father of Menifee Boy Speaks Out
    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.

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

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

    Missing Boy’s Mother: "Bring Him Home"

    [LA] Missing Boy’s Mother: "Bring Him Home"
    A massive search effort is under way for Terry Smith, a missing Menifee boy with autism. “He’s got to be OK. He’s a fighter,” says his mom. Jacob Rascon reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on July 8, 2013.

    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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