Updates on the investigation into the death of an 11-year-old Riverside County boy

Half Brother Appears in Court in Death of 11-Year-Old Terry Smith

A later hearing will determine if Skylor Atilano, 16, is tried as a juvenile or an adult

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    Skylor Atilano, accused of killing his 11-year-old half brother Terry Smith, made his first court appearance on Monday. The Riverside County District Attorney’s office will ask the judge at the next hearing whether he will be tried as a juvenile or adult. Reggie Kumar reports for the NBC4 News on July 15, 2013. (Published Monday, Jul 15, 2013)

    The 16-year-old half brother of a boy who went missing in semirural Menifee, Calif., will remain jailed after appearing in juvenile court Monday on a murder charge.

    Skylor Atilano, 16, attended his first court appearance -- at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta -- on Monday afternoon, wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit.

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    The half brother of 11-year-old Terry Smith is expected to be charged with murder, and he may be tried as an adult. Volunteers who helped with the search for Terry said they feel upset and “taken advantage of.” Tony Shin reports from Menifee for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on July 12, 2013. (Published Friday, Jul 12, 2013)

    The Riverside County District Attorney's Office charged Atilano on Friday with the murder of his half brother, 11-year-old Terry Smith Jr., who was the subject of a four-day search effort amid blistering heat.

    At the Monday court appearance, Atilano's detention hearing was postponed till Sept. 17 at the request of Atilano's public defender. A judge ordered Atilano, who did not speak in court, to remain jailed.

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    The 16-year-old half brother of Terry Smith is going to be charged with the younger sibling’s murder, the Riverside County DA’s office said Friday. The suspect was identified for the first time as Skylor Atilano by the DA’s Office. Jacob Rascon reports from Menifee for the NBC4 News at Noon on July 12, 2013. (Published Friday, Jul 12, 2013)

    Hundreds of search volunteers were devastated when a body was found in a shallow grave early Wednesday behind the home where both boys lived with their mother and her partner.

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    The 16-year-old Riverside County boy accused of killing his half-brother in Menifee is expected to appear in Juvenile Court Friday. NBC4's Jacob Rascon reports on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on July 12, 2013. (Published Friday, Jul 12, 2013)

    The body -- found by an Orange County woman who describes herself as an "intuitive" -- matched the description of Terry, Capt. John Hill, Menifee’s acting police chief said last week.

    The identity of the body will not be confirmed for another two to six weeks, Riverside County Coroner's Bureau Sgt. Anthony Townsend said Monday afternoon.

    "DNA is our only viable option," Townsend said, adding that the state clearinghouse would need to process the genetic material from the body.

    The DA's news release on July 12 about the pending charge against Atilano had said the "body of Terry Smith Jr. was found" on Smith family property.

    Terry had been reported missing Sunday, July 7, by his mother Shawna Smith, who said the boy had autism, a diagnosis disputed by his father in West Virginia.

    Authorities announced a body was found at the home on Wednesday, July 10, bringing an end to the massive search.

    The DA’s Office said it would requesting that the judge decide at the Sept. 17 hearing whether the case against Atilano should be handled in juvenile court or in adult court.

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