Boy, 12, accused of killing brother can go to funeral

Associated Press

MONTREAL - A boy accused of killing his brother will be allowed to attend the funeral.

Lawyers for the 12-year-old, charged with manslaughter, have withdrawn their request for a bail hearing. The defence says it wasn't prepared to proceed today and asked for a postponement.

Instead, the Crown and defence have agreed to conditions that will allow the accused to attend the funeral of his brother.

The boy is currently under the care of youth protection and will be accompanied by two employees during the ceremony.

He was charged one week ago today with manslaughter after his 16-year-old sibling was shot to death on Monday night at the family home in Dorval, a suburb in western Montreal.

The identity of the accused and the victim cannot be revealed because they are minors.

The boy is also charged with illegal possession of a loaded, prohibited weapon.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges during his initial appearance.

The victim's visitation is scheduled for Wednesday and a funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

The next date in the case is Feb. 8.

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