A decision has been delayed on whether to allow the news media access to court proceedings for two teenage brothers accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in southern New Jersey.

Autumn Pasquale
Autumn Pasquale (Clayton Police)

Lawyers made their cases to a judge for about 3 1/2 hours Friday.

Several media organizations including The Associated Press are arguing that there is compelling public interest to open the hearings involving 17-year-old Dante Robinson and 15-year-old Justin Robinson.

The hearing has been continued to Dec. 13.

The brothers face murder charges in the death last month of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale in Clayton, the town 25 miles south of Philadelphia where all three lived. On Friday they were ordered to remain in a juvenile detention center.

Prosecutors have asked for the case to be moved to adult court.


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