No murder charge for 15-year-old girl in brother’s slaying

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old north Florida girl who authorities say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother after years of abuse has pleaded no contest to felony burglary and will receive probation.

Third Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister said Thursday that the girl will not face a murder charge. The girl and her 11-year-old sister were arrested on suspicion of murder after the Jan. 5 shooting. No charges were filed against the younger sister.

Documents show that the elder girl suffered years of abuse, including being locked in her bedroom for days with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom.

The Associated Press is not naming members of the family because of the girls’ ages and because of abuse allegations.

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  • carol

    Hello HRS? THESE are the types of cases we let slip by. Why????? I’ll bet the parent or parents have been involved with the system before. ..and some stupid judge and social worker return the children hack to the family because “that’s where they belong”?

    • Neal

      I am sure the judge took the family into account when making this judgement. I have been following this story and I too would like the parents held accountable as well, but we know no facts regarding them at all.. I don’t think they let anything “slip by” they let a girl who was abused and beaten for years start on a road to a better place. The brother had this coming to him. She was defending her life and I for one am glad she’s free of this torture.

      • Zach

        I think you’re misunderstanding what she’s saying. She’s saying that there were probably complaints against the girl’s living condition before, and that if Human Rights Services had done their job, the girl’s quality of life may have been improved therefore sparing her brother’s.