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Teen accused of sexual assault, murder in California

A teenager in California recently pleaded not guilty in court for the criminal charges he faces. The boy, 16, is said to have committed the sexual assault of a neighbor girl, 8, and then to have murdered her. Although he is only a teenager, he will be tried as an adult.

According to police, the teenager killed the girl at a housing complex where the two lived. Her body ended up being found the following day in a big recycling bin located in a parking garage at the housing complex. After the girl was reported as being missing, many law enforcement agencies looked for her.

The teenager was discovered standing near the recycling bin when the girl's body was found. He was 15 years old at the time of the girl's killing. Since the teenager is being tried as an adult, if he is convicted, his sentence will be much harsher than it would be if he were tried as a teenager. He essentially would spend the rest of his life in prison.

A major area of focus for the criminal defense may be on the evidence that the prosecutors plan to furnish to support the allegations related to sexual assault and murder. The burden is on the prosecution to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any criminal conviction can be handed down. Defense counsel will push for the most favorable outcome for the client while simultaneously ensuring that his or her rights are not violated at any point of the criminal proceedings in California.

Source: kron4.com, "VIDEO: Trial set for teen accused of sexually assaulting, murdering Maddy Middleton", Mario Sevilla, June 14, 2016

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