14 Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder In Hanging Of Half-Sister

A 14-year-old boy is charged with the murder of his 9-year-old half-sister. The victim, Katelynn Arnold, was found attached to a rope hanging from a tree.

The siblings lived within the foster care of their aunt and uncle, Jerry and Teresa McMahan, in Ragland, Alabama. Ragland is a town 40 miles northeast of Birmingham. The aunt states

that she went looking for Katelynn and questioned neighbors if they had seen her. Later that evening when she returned home she found Katelynn hanging. Katelynn was tied around the neck by an old tire swing rope that had been intentionally tied by her half-brother.

The St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell declared the death a homicide due to the ligature strangulation.

Her brother, when asked by the police, admitted to killing his half-sister. The sheriff said that the boy told investigators a motive but that they will not release it. A neighbor admits that "He'd run off and do crazy things, but I never believed he'd do something like that."

The 14-year-old faces juvenile charges and could later be tried as an adult. Juvenile crimes can be involve complex issues including whether to try the child as an adult or as a juvenile. If your child or someone you know has charges pending in the juvenile court system then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: Associated Press, Ala. Sheriff: boy, 14, charged with murder in death of 9 -year-old gir found hanging from tree, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ala-sheriff-boy-14-charged-with-murder-in-death-of-9-year-old-girl-found-hanging-from-tree/2012/05/11/gIQArvKOJU_story.html

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