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PITTSBURGH – An 11-year-old boy apparently covered his shotgun with a blanket to keep it hidden when he left his bedroom, went downstairs and fatally shot his father's pregnant girlfriend in the head as she slept, a prosecutor said Monday.
The blue blanket, which has a quarter-sized hole that appeared to be singed from a shotgun blast, supports a claim that the crime was premeditated, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said.
Originally posted by Finn1916
Either way, they are trying him as an ault and seeking the dath penalty.
"If this person were 18, we'd be looking at pursuing the death penalty," Bongivengo said.
Originally posted by DataWraith
And for the defense lawyer saying the evidence is insuffiencient that a shot at the back of the head can kill.
Has the lawyer ever seen shotgun evidence before? I have and its enough to take the head clean off.
Elisco didn't return calls for comment Monday. He has said the boy hasn't confessed to the shooting and he doubts the physical evidence will support police's claim that the boy killed Houk with one shot to the back of her head.