Dead Boy’s Teenage Brother To Be Charged With Murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 12, 2013)--Prosecutors in Southern California say they will file a murder charge against the teenage half-brother of an 11-year-old boy who disappeared and then was found dead after an intense search.

Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall said Friday that the 16-year-old will make a court appearance Monday in juvenile court.

Prosecutors asked a judge to determine if the case should be transferred to adult court.

The body of Terry Dewayne Smith, Jr. was found Wednesday in a shallow grave under a tree behind the house he shared with his mother, half-brother and other family members.

His mother reported him missing Sunday, triggering a search that lasted four days.

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