- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled an Aug. 25 hearing for a central Arkansas teenager arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of his grandparents.

No formal charges have been filed against the 14-year-old, who made a brief court appearance Monday morning during a status hearing.

Prosecutors say they’re waiting for Conway police to complete their investigation into the deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell, both 66, before deciding what charges the boy could face. The teenager lived with the couple, who were his legal guardians. He’s being held without bond on two potential counts of capital murder.

“I think it’s important that we get it right rather than get it fast,” Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said. “This is a crime of great gravity in our community, and we want to make sure we get it right. The Conway Police Department is working around the clock to make sure that happens.”

Authorities say they questioned several family members after the couple’s bodies were found in a wooded area behind their Conway home about 35 miles north of Little Rock.

Conway police say three other teenagers, who were arrested in Texas and held as runaways on July 24, are being questioned in the slayings. No charges have been filed against any of the teens.

The affidavit containing information on the killings remains under seal until the prosecutor’s office files formal charges. A gag order is in effect that prevents attorneys from discussing information in the document.

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