- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania teenager has been ordered to stand trial in the shotgun shooting death of his brother, which authorities allege stemmed from a dispute over a girl.

A Dauphin County judge held the charges against 16-year-old Dakota Thornton of Williamstown for county court following Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

Thornton, who was 15 at the time of the March 30 slaying of 18-year-old Dominick Thornton in Williams Township, is charged with criminal homicide and possession of an instrument of crime.

Authorities allege that the defendant told investigators that he shot his brother because he was romantically interested in his brother’s girlfriend.

Defense attorney Wendy Grella said she believes her client has mental health issues and a low IQ. She said “We definitely don’t believe this is a first degree murder case.”

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