Colorado

Mar 3, 2011 2:26 PM by Greg Boyce

DA plans 1st degree murder charge against 12 year old

BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to charge a 12-year-old Colorado boy with killing his parents and wounding two of his younger siblings.

District attorney Robert Watson says he plans to file first-degree murder and other charges against the boy by the end of Friday.

He hasn't decided whether he'll try to prosecute him as an adult. Watson says he'll take into account the wishes of the rural community of Burlington as he makes that decision. Residents have expressed disbelief about the accusations. The family's pastor described the boy as a "good kid."  Authorities say the boy called 911 Tuesday evening to report a shooting in his home. Officers arrived and found the bodies of Charles and Marilyn Long. Two of their children were wounded - a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

Authorities said the two children were critically hurt, but family members are said to be hopeful they'll recover.

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