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15-year-old boy to be charged as an adult in shooting death of San Tan Valley teen


The Pinal County Attorney's Office says the 15-year-old boy who surrendered to authorities in connection with the shooting death of a San Tan Valley teen will be charged as an adult.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said that the boy, now identified as Joshua Franklin, turned himself in Wednesday morning with his attorney by his side. He is the primary suspect in the shooting death of another 15-year-old boy who was found on Sept. 26.

When PCSO deputies arrived at the victim's home near East Bella Vista Road and Appalachian Trail that Sunday afternoon, they found the body of Joshua McCoy. The Florence Unified School District confirmed the boy attended Poston Butte High School. It's still not clear what led up the shooting.

County prosecutors confirmed to Arizona's Family Thursday afternoon that although he is 15, Franklin will be charged as an adult. He will face a single count of first-degree murder.
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