Pre-teen accused of murder to be confined for another 10 days

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell ruled in favor of a 10-day detainment of the 12-year-old Uvalde resident accused of killing 24-year-old professional boxer John Van Meter in the doorway of his home last week.

Mitchell made the ruling Monday afternoon. At the end of the 10 days, the boy will be the subject of another hearing to determine if he should be released to a parent or guardian, or held for another 10 business days. In the interim, he will remain in a juvenile detention center in Jourdanton.

The boy, whom police have charged with capital murder, stayed with Van Meter and his girlfriend in the Boone Street home where Van Meter was shot Wednesday, Jan. 23.

“He’s back in forth with the CPS. In and out of the system,” said Sammy Chapa, Van Meter’s girlfriend. The identity of the accused will not be officially released because he is a minor. The accused shooter’s 39-year-old father and 37-year-old mother, both Uvalde residents, have five children together.

His mother served less than one year in prison for abandoning or endangering four of her children, including the alleged shooter. His father was sentenced to five years in prison for assault/family violence and possessing between five and 50 pounds of marijuana.


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