Indiana boy could face juvenile hearing in killing

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana boy convicted in adult court at age 12 in the killing of a friend's stepfather will get a second chance to be tried in juvenile court.

A Kosciusko (kahs-ee-AHS'-koh) County court judge sentenced Paul Henry Gingerich in 2010 to 25 years in prison, concluding he and two other boys conspired to fatally shoot 49-year-old Phillip Danner.

In December, the Indiana Court of Appeals threw out Gingerich's guilty plea, saying a juvenile court should not have waived the case to adult court. It ordered a new hearing to determine if Gingerich should be tried as a juvenile.

The attorney general's office appealed. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the appellate court's decision.

Gingerich's attorney expressed elation Friday when contacted for comment. The state didn't respond to messages seeking comment.

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