PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old southern Ohio boy accused of fatally shooting his father won't be tried as an adult.
The judge in the Ohio River city of Portsmouth made the ruling Thursday after a court-appointed psychologist said in a written report that he believes the teen can be treated and rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1sbhEkU ) reports that the boy was 14 when he killed his 48-year-old father on March 16.
The psychologist wrote that the teen was in "a markedly dysfunctional family" and was exposed to past verbal or physical abuse before getting a gun and shooting his father while the man was asleep.
The report says teen has no prior history of violent or delinquent behavior.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com