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Teen charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court

Teen charged in killing of 8-year-old girl appears in court

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of an 8-year-old neighbor at an artists' complex in a California beach town appeared in court briefly Thursday and was appointed a lawyer.

He did not enter a plea, and his arraignment was postponed until Sept. 21. District Attorney spokesman Paul Mangasarian said the delay likely was aimed at giving the defense more time to build a case.

Police say Gonzalez lured Madyson Middleton into his family's apartment from a courtyard where she was riding her scooter Sunday. Once inside, he tied her up, sexually assaulted and killed her, according a charging document.

Gonzalez remains in custody at the Santa Cruz County juvenile detention center, where he has been held since the girl's body was found in a recycling bin Monday evening.

Gonzalez has been charged as an adult. The charges could send Gonzalez to prison for life.

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