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Trial Begins for Alleged 14-Year-Old Hitman 'El Ponchis'

**  CORRECTS SPELLING OF WORD JOURNALIST  **  A journalist interviews a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel while under the custody of Mexican army soldiers in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.  The much-rumored alleged young assassin nicknamed "El Ponchis'' was captured late Thursday at the airport in Cuernavaca, with his 16-year-old sister as they were trying to catch a flight to Tijuana and flee the country to San Diego where he was born, being therefore a US citizen, according to the Governor of Morelos state, Marco Adame Castillo. (AP Photo/Antonio Sierra)

** CORRECTS SPELLING OF WORD JOURNALIST ** A journalist interviews a 14-year-old suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel while under the custody of Mexican army soldiers in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. The much-rumored alleged young assassin nicknamed "El Ponchis'' was captured late Thursday at the airport in Cuernavaca, with his 16-year-old sister as they were trying to catch a flight to Tijuana and flee the country to San Diego where he was born, being therefore a US citizen, according to the Governor of Morelos state, Marco Adame Castillo. (AP Photo/Antonio Sierra)  (AP)

Trial has begun for a 14-year-old who stunned the world after he was accused of being a young Mexican hit man.

The boy, identified only as Edgar and known as "El Ponchis", was arrested in December and faces up to five years in prison if convicted on murder charges. Authorities said the boy, who was born in San Diego but grew up in Mexico, confessed to killing four people whose decapitated bodies were in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City.

The trial that opened Monday is being held behind closed doors for security reasons.

His arrest came at a time Mexico was talking about a YouTube video that appeared to show other Mexican adolescents posing with dead bodies and weapons.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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