Teenage boy charged in stabbing death

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Mar 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) A 17-year-old Duluth boy is charged with killing a U.S. Army veteran who suffered more than 50 wounds to his head, face, neck and back.

A juvenile delinquency petition filed Thursday charges the teen with second-degree murder. He's accused of intentionally causing the death of 27-year-old Bryan Starnes at Starnes' Duluth home last Saturday.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin says his office also is asking the boy be certified as an adult.

Starnes was an Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Duluth News Tribune reports his injuries were consistent with the use of a hammer and a knife-like instrument.

The prosecution asked the court to keep the teen in custody. A judge granted that request and also ordered the teen undergo a psychological study.

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