Trial set for teenager charged in officer's death

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Jan. 14 trial has been set for a 16-year-old boy accused of killing a Maricopa County jail officer who authorities say was randomly targeted when he was shot in his driveway.

The trial had previously been scheduled for October, but was postponed until January.

The boy has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting in the Aug. 8 death of 27-year-old detention officer Jorge Vargas.

Vargas was attacked while working on his car outside his home.

Investigators don't know what exactly happened in the driveway before Vargas was shot.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because of his age. He was 15 years old when he was charged.

Vargas worked for the sheriff's Custody Support Bureau in a jail food factory.

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