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Teenage Murder Suspect's Attorney Seeks Pretrial Release

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Attorneys for accused boy, Mark Reichel (on left) and Steven Plesser (on right) arriving at Calaveras Co. Courthouse.

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Leila Fowler's brother has been in custody since he was 12. The boy claimed an intruder killed his sister in the family's Valley Springs home in April of 2013.

Investigators said they found no evidence of an intruder and prosecutors charged the boy with murder.

Defense Attorney Steven Plesser says new evidence has been found to support the boy's story.

"An unknown male's DNA was found on the body of the deceased underneath her clothing, something that definitely should not be on the body of an 8 year old young girl."(:08) Plesser  says besides the DNA evidence, there are problems with the alleged murder weapon.

"It's a situation where the prosecution claims they've got the murder knife but they have a weapon tht doesn't fit the wounds and this particular knife was shown to the coroner and he ruled it out."

Plesser filed a motion for the boy's release from custody until trial.

The Calaveras District Attorney's Office says it cannot comment on the case because it is in juvenile court. 


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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