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updated: 5/13/2013 7:23 AM

14-year-old charged as adult in downstate killing

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GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- A 14-year-old boy will now face murder charges as an adult in southern Illinois.

The boy was originally charged as a juvenile in the shooting death of a 54-year-old Charles Weiss of Granite City. But the Belleville News-Democrat reports that a recent juvenile court ruling moved the boy's case to adult criminal court. A 16-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys also are charged as adults in Madison County.

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The four are charged with first-degree murder and suspected in Weiss' November killing. Police say Weiss was shot in an alley and told officers "they tried to rob me" before he died of his injuries.

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