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Jersey City Boy Charged in Fatal Shooting of Half-Brother

A 14-year-old Jersey City boy has been charged in the shooting death of his 12-year-old half-brother. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio says the boy, whose name was not disclosed, was charged with aggravated manslaughter, hindering and a weapons offense. He faces an initial court hearing Thursday.

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The 14-year-old is the son of a Hudson County corrections officer. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

DeFazio says the younger youth lived within walking distance of the suspect’s home and had gone there to visit. The older boy allegedly loaded a pistol and pointed it, and the gun discharged once.

The prosecutor says the boy was shot inside the house but was found on the sidewalk, evidence the suspect tried to cover up the crime.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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