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Ill. boy, 16, accused of fatally shooting teen girl

WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused as an adult in a southern Illinois shooting that killed an eighth-grade girl.

Prosecutors in Franklin County charged Austin Sandefur on Thursday with first-degree murder in the death two days earlier of 14-year-old Elizabeth Obrecht.

Authorities allege that Sandefur shot Obrecht in the chest with a semiautomatic handgun in a vacant house in West Frankfort.

During a court appearance Thursday, Sandefur told the judge that he understands the charges and he didn't mean to kill anyone.

A judge appointed a public defender for Sandefur, and a preliminary hearing is set for June 3.

Sandefur is being held in a juvenile lockup, where he'll stay for safety reasons pending trial.

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Information from: Benton Evening News, http://www.bentoneveningnews.com

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