- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge is set to begin considering whether a Utah teenager charged with sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old neighbor is mentally competent to stand trial.

Court officials say the four-day juvenile hearing begins Monday, but Judge James Michie has closed it to the public.

The 17-year-old West Valley City boy is charged with aggravated murder and rape of a child in the July 2015 death of Kailey Vijil (VIJ’-el). Police say she was lured from her home, strangled and left in an overgrown horse pasture.

The teen’s lawyers have said he may not understand the charges against him.

If he’s found competent, prosecutors have said they want to move the case to adult court.

The Associated Press is not naming the defendant because he is a juvenile.


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