Judge To Decide If 9-Year-Old Faces Rape Trial

Another hearing is scheduled in November in the effort to determine whether a 9-year-old boy can stand trial in the alleged gang-rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl in Phoenix, Arizona.

The boy cried in court Monday as his schoolteacher testified that he rarely did his homework and often got into fights. The 9-year-old is one of four young Liberian boys facing charges.

Monday's hearing was to designed to help Judge Dawn Bergin decide if the 9-year-old is competent to stand trial. Two mental-health experts found that he is not. The next hearing is Nov. 18.

A 14-year-old is charged as an adult, a 13-year-old is undergoing a court-ordered process intended to make him competent to stand trial, and another 9-year-old has been ruled incompetent. That boy is also undergoing classes to teach him about the court system and become competent to stand trial.


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