Judge settles issue of educating St. Johns boy

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ST. JOHNS, Ariz. (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy who hasn't formally been educated since he was arrested in a double homicide will receive those services through the Apache County juvenile detention center.

A judge settled the lingering issue during a hearing Thursday in St. Johns.

Defense attorney Benjamin Brewer says it's unclear how often the boy would receive schooling but that he won't receive any credit for it.

The boy was a third grader before he was arrested in the Nov. 5 shooting deaths of his father and his father's roommate. He pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the roommate's death, and prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of premeditated murder stemming from his father's death as part of a plea deal.

Sentencing hasn't been set.

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