Nathan Anderson remains in custody

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A detention hearing was held Monday morning for Nathan Anderson. Judge Floyd Getz ruled that the 15-year-old will remain in the custody of Smith County.

The 15-year-old is accused of killing his sister, Amanda.

A team of lawyers will be representing Nathan; Buck Files, Brett Harrison and Jennifer Garrett Deen.

Since Nathan is only 15-years-old, he's been charged with delinquent conduct. It's the same as a murder charge for an adult, but carries a different punishment. That charge was filed Friday.

The state has the option to file a second petition to transfer Nathan to an adult court. The state said they're discussing that option, but no decision has been made. If they do decide to file a petition, Nathan would then undergo an extensive forensic evaluation to determine if he's capable of being tried as an adult.

The state said it could be weeks until they make a decision.

Certifying a juvenile as an adult depends on a number of factors, including the circumstances of the alleged crime and the person's criminal history, if any.

The court appointed defense attorney and former Smith County Judge Cynthia Kent to act as Nathan's guardian ad litem. Kent was appointed to represent Nathan's best interests during the course of legal proceedings. The state said Kent was appointed because the defendant's parents are also victim's parents. The state said appointing a neutral party to represent the youth avoids the possibility of conflicting interests.

Nate Anderson's next detention hearing will be held on December 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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