A 15-year-old from the East Texas town of New Chapel Hill accused in the shooting death of his 19-year-old sister in September has been charged with delinquent conduct.

The Smith County District Attorney's Office filed the charge on Friday.

Smith County Assistant District Attorney Tonda Curry tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that because the boy is a juvenile, he would be charged with delinquent conduct unless he is certified to stand trial as an adult, in which case he'd be charged with murder.

Curry says it's too early to know if he'll be tried as an adult.

The boy's defense attorneys, Brett Harrison and F.R. "Buck" Files, declined comment because it is a pending case. They said they had also asked the family not to speak publicly about the case.


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