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Pierre judge won't remove prosecutor in teen killing

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) — A Pierre judge has denied requests to dismiss the case against a Pierre teen accused of killing a classmate and remove the prosecutor.

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KCCR-AM reports Judge John Brown did grant a defense motion Thursday to keep some evidence out of the case against 17-year-old Braiden McCahren.

The teen pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the December 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams.

Prosecutors say McCahren deliberately pointed a loaded gun at a third juvenile and fired but hit Williams instead. The defense says the shooting was an accident.

Brown will take more argument next month on whether McCahren should be tried as a juvenile or adult.

McCahren was not at Thursday's hearing. He is out on bond and under house arrest at his grandparents' home in Vermillion.

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