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

Teen Charged in 11-Year-Old Menifee Boy's Slaying Could Be Tried as Adult

An 11-year-old boy's body was found after a search in Riverside County and his half brother was charged in the case

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    Terry Dewayne Smith, an 11-year-old autistic boy, went missing from his home Saturday night or Sunday morning, prompting a search of an area that failed to locate him, authorities said.

    The 16-year-old half brother accused in the killing of an 11-year-old boy whose body was found near his Riverside County home is expected to appear in court on Monday when a judge could rule whether he should be tried as an adult.

    Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against Skylor Atilano, 16, in the death of his 11-year-old half brother, Terry Dewayne Smith Jr., who was the subject of an intense search after he was reported missing on Sunday.

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    The father of missing Menifee boy Terry Smith spoke out Wednesday night, following the discovery of a child's body in the boy's backyard. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 10, 2013. (Published Thursday, Jul 11, 2013)

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    Riverside County District Attorney spokesman John Hall said Friday the charge against the 16-year-old suspect was filed in juvenile court.

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    [LA] Missing Boy’s Mother: "Bring Him Home"
    A massive search effort is under way for Terry Smith, a missing Menifee boy with autism. “He’s got to be OK. He’s a fighter,” says his mom. Jacob Rascon reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on July 8, 2013. (Published Saturday, Jul 13, 2013)

    But he says prosecutors will ask a judge at a Monday hearing to determine if the case should be transferred to adult court.

    Terry's body was found Wednesday in a shallow grave under a tree behind the house he shared with his mother, half brother and other family.

    Half-Brother to Be Charged With Murder in Terry Smith's Death

    [LA] Half-Brother to Be Charged With Murder in Terry Smith's Death
    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)

    His mother reported him missing Sunday. The search lasted four days.

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