Judge giving more time to prep teen for trial

A teenage boy who stands accused of raping a killing a 12-year-old girl has been ruled incompetent to stand trial, and needs more time and treatment before being ready to face the charges. While the now-17-year-old boy has made "significant progress" in with being able to understand information regarding the case and court proceedings, according to representatives with the Department of Human Services there are still deficits when it comes to his ability to apply that knowledge. The department has been granted an additional 30 days for additional counseling, and has called for evaluations to be completed quickly so that further hearings may be put on the calendar.

The boy is charged in juvenile court with counts of aggravated murder and rape of a child, both first-degree felonies, in the case of Kailey Vijil. Police claim the boy went to Kailey's door late on the night of July 17, 2015 asking her to help him look for a lost cat. Her body was later found by searchers three hours later in a pasture near her home. The girl was found naked with a shirt wrapped around her neck. It was later revealed that she died of strangulation.

He was 15 at the time of the alleged crimes.

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