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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hearing Slated for Boy Charged with Fatally Shooting Dad

A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon for an 8-year-old boy accused of shooting his father and another man in rural Arizona.

A dramatic police videotape released Tuesday shows a tearful boy in St. Johns, Ariz., confessing to murder, then burying his face in his shirt after more than an hour of questioning by detectives.

"I think, um, I think I shot my dad because he was suffering, I think," the third-grader says on the tape. "So I may have shot him."

At one point, the boy told authorities he had been mad at his father. He said he was supposed to bring home some papers from school earlier in the week and got spanked by his stepmother at his father's request because he didn't.

The boy faces two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, a work colleague who was renting a room in the family's two-story home in St. Johns. [Mark Godsey]

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