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Colorado boy, 13, accused of killing dad, concealing death for days

Published on May 13, 2014 9:03 AM

DENVER (REUTERS) - A 13-year-old Colorado boy suspected of shooting his father dead and concealing the killing for days by calling the man's work to say his dad was sick made his first court appearance on Monday as prosecutors weighed whether to charge him as an adult.

Kai Kelly was arrested last week on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of his father, Joseph Kelly, in the small mountain town of Gypsum, about 170 km west of Denver.

Ms Jill Sarmo, spokesman for the Eagle County District Attorney's Office, said the boy was appointed a public defender on Monday and will be formally charged at a later date. She said prosecutors have not decided whether to charge him as an adult.

Police uncovered the crime after the boy called his father's employer several days in a row to say his dad was sick and would not be coming to work, according to a statement from Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy.

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