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Judge seals teen's records in sister's death

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 23, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Candace Harvey

— An Arkansas judge is sealing the court records of a 15-year-old who was charged as an adult in his sister’s death.

In an order filed Thursday, Judge William Pearson wrote that he anticipates Colton Harvey’s attorney will request that the case be moved to juvenile court, where proceedings are confidential.

Pearson wrote that keeping the records open would defeat the purpose of confidentiality if he were to grant such a request.

Prosecutors charged Harvey with first-degree murder last month in the death of his 16-year-old sister, Candace.

Authorities say Harvey showed up at the Franklin County sheriff’s office on Jan. 15 and said he had just killed his sister. Candace was found shot to death at their family’s home near Ozark.

Harvey could face life in prison if convicted.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 23, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

death penalty..

STOP putting people away for YEARS so the tax payers have to feed and clothe them...

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SPA says... February 23, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.

I'm puzzled. Why are some youth tried as juveniles, and others as adults? Remember the case of the West Memphis 3? They were tried as adults, and as evidence has shown over the years, the case was badly botched and they really were not guilty after all.

This boy, Colton, has openly *admitted* to killing his sister.

If this case is tried in juvenile court, then the least we should see from this court is a full rationale for *why* this is done. The public does have an interest in understanding why youth are tried as adults, or juveniles, with such shocking crimes to which they openly admit.

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quinn53 says... February 23, 2012 at 3:25 p.m.

I agree with you both. Killing a family member is such a heinous crime anyway so why not the death penalty or at least he should be tried as an adult and serve the rest of his years in prison or as I said before on dealth row.

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