Homicide

Judge clears way for Arizona boy charged in 2008 double homicide to enroll in public school

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2009 file photo, Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting speaks to reporters outside the courthouse in St. Johns, Ariz. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2009 file photo, Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting speaks to reporters outside the courthouse in St. Johns, Ariz. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 file photo, Ron Wood, the attorney for a 10-year-old St. Johns, Ariz. boy who pleaded guilty to killing his father's friend, speaks to reporters during a news conference in St.John's, Ariz. The boy was ordered Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to a residential treatment program as part of his sentence. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 file photo, Ron Wood, the attorney for a 10-year-old St. Johns, Ariz. boy who pleaded guilty to killing his father's friend, speaks to reporters during a news conference in St.John's, Ariz. The boy was ordered Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to a residential treatment program as part of his sentence. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 14, 2010 file photo, Tanya Romans, far right, is followed by unidentified family members attending the sentencing of a 10-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in Romans husband's November 2008 killing, in St. Johns,  Ariz. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

    FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 14, 2010 file photo, Tanya Romans, far right, is followed by unidentified family members attending the sentencing of a 10-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in Romans husband's November 2008 killing, in St. Johns, Ariz. An Arizona boy charged with killing his father and another man when he was 8 years old has been cleared by a judge to transition into a foster home and enroll in public school, prompting outrage from the prosecutor and victims who fear for the safety of others. The boy pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of Tim Romans, 39. Prosecutors dropped a premeditated murder charge in his 29-year-old father’s death in exchange for the plea. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)  (The Associated Press)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for an eastern Arizona boy charged with killing his father and his father's friend in 2008 to enroll in public school and transition into a foster home.

The now-15-year-old boy was a third-grader in St. Johns when police accused him of the murders. He pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of the friend, Tim Romans, and was sentenced to a treatment facility and probation until he's 18.

The boy's attorney, Ron Wood, says the latest evaluations show the boy isn't a threat to himself or others, allowing him to join a regular classroom and move to a therapeutic foster home that's more like a family setting.

Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting says he wants clarification on how schools would be notified.