A northern Indiana boy convicted in adult court at age 12 in the killing of a friend's stepfather will get a second chance to be tried in juvenile court.
The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear Paul Henry Gingerich's case. The Indiana Court of Appeals in December threw out Gingerich's guilty plea and 25-year prison sentence, saying a Kosciusko (kahs-ee-AHS'-koh) County judge rushed to judgment when he waived the case to adult court.
The appellate court ordered a new juvenile court hearing to determine in which court the case belongs.
The now 15-year-old Gingerich was one of three juveniles from a small town in northeastern Indiana charged with killing 49-year-old Phillip Danner in April 2010 as part of a plot to run away to Arizona.