Nate Anderson's neighbors react to judge's decision

Nate Anderson's neighbors react to judge's decision

CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) - A 15-year-old boy accused of killing his sister is in the Smith County Jail.

Monday morning a judge decided Nate Anderson will be tried as an adult for allegedly shooting his sister last September.

Neighbors close to where the murder happened say this latest development doesn't bring them full closure.

"My heart just really breaks for their family," said Jennifer Nichols, neighbor.

Nichols says she's been following the Amanda Anderson murder case since the night it happened.

"There were investigators out there for weeks afterwards and you could just hear their generators going and going every time you walked outside and it was lit up like a runway down there," she recalled.

She says she has mixed feelings about Amanda's brother and suspected killer, Nate, being transferred to adult court.

"That's just scary for a 15-year-old to be in a regular jail," said Nichols. "I understand there's a crime in question, but that's still scary.

For neighbor Charity Mullins, the evidence prosecutors presented Monday painted a picture of what may have happened.

"I think just from some of the things they found in his room maybe a little more of who he was as a person," she said. "The things that we're going on his mind that nobody knew before."

"It's a tragedy either way you go," said Nichols. "If he's found innocent, then they still lost their daughter. If he's found guilty then they lose both of their children."

Nate's attorneys have asked his family to not comment while he's in jail. What they did say is that they're relying on their faith and their belief that he is innocent.

Nate is being held on a $1 million bond.

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