Valley Springs Child Pleads Not Guilty in Sister's Death

Boy, 12, pleads not guilty in murder of sister, 8

By TRACIE CONE
|  Wednesday, May 29, 2013  |  Updated 3:21 PM PDT
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Valley Springs Child Pleads Not Guilty in Sister's Death

This is the little girl who was found stabbed to death in her home on Saturday April 27.

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An attorney for a Central California 12-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing his little sister says his client has pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Mark Reichel says the juvenile accused of killing 8-year-old Leila Fowler entered his plea during a closed court proceeding in Calaveras County on Wednesday.

Reichel said the boy spoke only once, answering "yes'' when a judge asked him if he agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial.

The boy originally told investigators that he found his sister's body and encountered an intruder inside their Valley Springs home while their parents were at a Little League game on April 27.

The killing set off an intense manhunt as investigator swept through the Sierra Nevada.

The boy is due back in court on July 31.

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