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Brother suspected of killing 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, appears in court

1:51 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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SAN ANDREAS, CA. -- A 12-year-old boy accused of killing his own sister at their Valley Springs home in April was briefly back court Wednesday.

Eight-year-old Leila Fowler was stabbed to death while she and her brother were home alone. The suspect, whose name is not being used because he is a minor, originally told police a stranger entered the home and attacked his sister.

At Wednesday's court hearing, the intent was to set a trial date in the case, but defense attorneys said there is still so much evidence they haven't seen, it was too soon to set a trial date.

"The evidence is slowly making its way to us. We were told 2,000 hours of law enforcement resources were spent on this case," Defense Attorney Steve Plesser said. "We know hundreds of hours were spent by FBI agents, but we've yet to see a single document generated by the FBI in this case."

The suspect was taken into the San Andreas courthouse after the drive from El Dorado County, where he's being held in a juvenile detention facility. His head and face were covered with a jacket while being escorted in the building.

The suspect, defense attorneys and the prosecution will return to the Calaveras County Courthouse on Sept. 18, when a trial date should be set.

Plesser said he expects the trial to last a few weeks, and that it might not happen until next year.


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