Ohio judge: No trial for boy, 11, in mom's death

By the Associated Press | September 7, 2011 | 5:20 PM EDT

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A judge says an 11-year-old northeast Ohio boy isn't mentally fit to be tried for murder in the shooting death of his mother.

Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Lee ruled Tuesday in the case of a Holmes County boy. Authorities say he shot his 46-year-old mother in the head with a rifle at their home in rural Big Prairie on Jan. 2, when he was 10.

The (Canton) Repository (http://bit.ly/ndbvQT ) reports that Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling says the next step will be determining where the boy will be placed until he becomes competent. If he doesn't become competent within a year, the charges could be dismissed and filed again later.

Defense attorney Andrew Hyde said Wednesday he's disappointed by the ruling because the boy is too young to understand the legal case.


Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com