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Tiny Illinois town rattled by killings blamed on teen


LOOGOOTEE, Ill. (AP) -- Some in the tiny southern Illinois town of Loogootee are wondering if they missed signs that a teenage boy accused of killing two neighbors needed help.

Clifford Baker,16, is charged as an adult in the shooting deaths that occurred last August and is expected to stand trial in May. Prosecutors say he confessed to carrying out the killings after using marijuana and prescription medication. Baker's lawyer says he's exploring whether an antidepressant caused the teen to act erratically.

The killings occurred about a week after Baker was released from a hospital, where he was taken after shooting himself in the torso -- the same day his dog's bullet-riddled and bound carcass was found on railroad tracks.

Baker's aunt says she wishes her nephew had gotten more counseling.

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