Hearing in St. Johns murder case postponed again

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UPDATE FEB. 4:

ST. JOHNS -- A hearing to determine whether to dismiss one of two murder charges against a 9-year-old St. Johns boy has been postponed for a second time.

Defense attorney Benjamin Brewer says some "behind-the-scenes" wrangling forced the hearing to be rescheduled for Feb. 12, a week later than the previous date set. Brewer declined to elaborate.

Prosecutors have asked Apache County Superior Court Judge Michael Roca to dismiss the murder charge stemming from the death of the boy's father. They fear if the boy is found incompetent and the case is dismissed, the victims never will see justice and the boy won't get the treatment he needs.

Defense attorneys have objected to either charge being dismissed unless they're thrown out in such a way that they couldn't be refiled.

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

ST. JOHNS -- A judge postponed a hearing to determine whether to dismiss one of two murder charges against a 9-year-old boy from St. Johns.

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Two hearings were scheduled in the case Thursday, one which was behind closed doors and another that was open to the public. After the closed-door hearing was completed, the second hearing was postponed.

The boy's Attorneys say the postponement was in the best interest of their client, but declined to elaborate on why the hearing was reset for Feb. 5.

The boy faces two counts of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shootings of his father and another man at the boy's home in St. Johns.

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