Georgia teen charged in sword killing to be prosecuted as adult

ATLANTA Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:40am EDT

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ATLANTA (Reuters) A 15-year-old suburban Atlanta boy charged with killing his great-grandmother with a sword will be prosecuted as an adult, a district attorney said on_ Wednesday.

Gevin Prince is accused of killing his great-grandmother, Mary Joan Gibbs, 77, Monday afternoon, authorities said.

"He also attacked his grandmother and cut her severely," Douglas County District Attorney David McDade told Reuters Wednesday.

Under Georgia law, Prince will be prosecuted as an adult, McDade added. Prince had his initial court appearance on Wednesday.

The motive is still unclear, said McDade.

"We have been told there was some dispute over a video game but we haven't been able to confirm that," said McDade.

Prosecutors will also investigate Prince's mental health, said McDade.

"Obviously the crime he is charged with committing is one that invites scrutiny of his mental health," said the district attorney. "We will address that at the appropriate time."

(Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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nowayhozay wrote:
mental schmental these kids are watching crazy video games and demons are real. He probably saw the stupid video game and was addicted. 15 is not 6 years old. theres a difference evil is evil

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