Boy, 14, faces hearing in fatal shooting of 18-year-old

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – A 14-year-old boy charged in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man in northwestern Pennsylvania faces a preliminary hearing.

An Erie County district judge is expected to determine Monday whether there’s enough evidence for the boy to stand trial on criminal homicide, robbery and firearms charges.

The boy is charged in the fatal shooting of Jacob Pushinsky on July 11. Prosecutors the boy shot Pushinsky in the torso while trying to steal his bicycle.

Pushinsky would have been a high school senior this fall.

The 14-year-old boy is held without bail at the Erie County Prison.

The boy’s court-appointed lawyer could petition to move the case to juvenile court, but state law dictates homicide charges be tried in adult court.

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