Colorado boy faces nine charges in parents' deaths
March 15, 2011, 7:33 a.m. | World
— by Associated Press
Sargeant Kenny Ray of the Burlington Police Department keeps the perimeters of the crime scene secure, in Burlington, Colo., Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Passersby left balloons and flowers for the family. A 12-year-old boy who reported shots fired at his eastern Colorado home is in custody after officers arrived to find his parents dead and two of his siblings in critical condition.
BURLINGTON, Colorado (AP) — Documents released in the case of a 12-year-old Colorado boy accused of fatally shooting his parents and wounding two siblings show prosecutors filed nine charges against him, including two counts of first-degree murder.
The documents released March 14 by a judge at the request of prosecutors also offer new details from investigators alleging the boy tried to hurt his 5-year-old sister with a knife and stabbed and shot his 9-year-old brother. The Denver Post and KUSA-TV report that the documents were released after a closed court hearing.
Police said they found the bodies of Charles and Marilyn Long on March 1 after somebody called the police emegency dispatcher to report a shooting at their Burlington home, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of Denver and near the Kansas state line.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to charge the boy as an adult.
The case remained under a gag order, which prevents officials from discussing the case. The ruling by a Kit Carson County judge, however, will allow for some aspects of the case to be public, including the charges filed and hearing dates.
The court documents outlining the charges — and the details of what investigators said happened — had been sealed until Monday.
KUSA-TV reported that 13th Judicial District Attorney Bob Watson said he decided to release information to address rumors.
"Between the social networking, Facebook, Twitter, various blog sites, the information is out there pretty quick and quite often that information is absolutely wrong," Watson said. The case "is a matter of important public concern," he added.
The boy's siblings were expected to recover from their injuries.
The Longs, both in their early 50s, had seven children; four are grown and no longer live at home.
Marilyn Long homeschooled the children and ran the children's ministry at the local Evangelical Free Church. Her husband served as a church elder and was a snack delivery driver.
The couple was buried Friday.