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Motion filed to try Nate Anderson as adult

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas teen accused in the shooting death of his sister could be tried as an adult.

The state filed a motion Friday afternoon to try Nathan Anderson, 15, as an adult.

Anderson's appointed guardian ad litem, Cynthia Kent, has confirmed that the motion for Anderson to be tried as an adult was signed by a judge Monday morning.

Kent was appointed to represent Nathan's best interests during the course of legal proceedings. Kent is a defense attorney and a former Smith County Judge.

The state said Kent was appointed because the defendant's parents are also the victim's parents. The state said appointing a neutral party to represent the youth avoids the possibility of conflicting interests.

If Anderson's tried as an adult, he could face life in prison if convicted. However, this motion does not mean that he will be tried as an adult. Kent said Anderson will undergo a social studies, which is basically an evaluation. Those results generally take about three weeks to get back.

After that, a hearing will be set and a judge will make a ruling on the motion. Anderson's next court hearing is a week from Monday.

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