By Abby Divine
Defense attorneys are petitioning the Calaveras County Superior Court for the release of a 14-year-old Valley Springs boy who allegedly stabbed his sister to death in 2013.
The boy is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing of his sister, Leila Fowler, on April 27, 2013. He was 12 years old when the death occurred. He is now 14 and has been held at a Placerville juvenile detention center since his arrest on May 11, 2013.
Initially the boy told Calaveras County Sheriff’s investigators a male intruder had killed his sister. A manhunt ensued, but investigators focused on the boy as evidence was gathered.
Steve Plesser, one of the boy’s Sacramento-based defense attorneys, said Wednesday he wants his client released and returned home because DNA tests results suggest the boy is not guilty of the crime.
A hearing to petition the judge for the boy’s release from custody is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Calaveras County Superior Court.
The trial was continued to 9 a.m. May 18 at the Calaveras County Superior Court, after a hearing Tuesday.