Sentencing date for 9-year-old Ariz. boy upcoming

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ST. JOHNS -- Evaluations that have kept a judge from setting a sentencing date for a 9-year-old eastern Arizona boy who shot and killed his father's roommate have been turned in to the court.

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Request to put St. John's boy in custody withdrawn - azfamily.com's Mike Watkiss reports prosecutors have withdrawn their request to put the 9-year-old boy accused of double murder back in state custody.

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A statement posted on the Apache County Superior Court Web site yesterday says that the pre-sentencing evaluations by two experts have been filed but won't be made public. Now that the court and attorneys have received them, a sentencing date can be set.

Judge Michael Roca is expected to do that during a hearing next week in St. Johns.

The boy struck a deal with prosecutors in February in which he pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the Nov. 5 death of 39-year-old Timothy Romans. Prosecutors dropped charges against the boy in his father's death.

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