In Tarrant, accused killers have been as young as 8

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2008: A 15-year-old Fort Worth teen received 20 years in custody for helping another teen in a robbery and fatal shooting that left Adam Spakowski, 25, of Fort Worth dead.

2008: Russell Dow was 15 when he shot and killed 20-year-old Reed Ballard near Hurst Junior High School. He was certified to stand trial as an adult and pleaded guilty to murder, receiving a 24-year prison sentence.

2007: An 8-year-old North Richland Hills boy dropped his 9-month-old twin sisters down a flight of stairs, killing one of them and injuring the other. Because he was too young for the juvenile justice system and too dangerous for foster care, the boy — who had shown signs of autism — remained in his home.

2002: A 10-year-old Denton County boy and his 15-year-old sister were charged with killing their little brother. The body of Jackson Carr, 6, was found in a creek bed behind their Lewisville home. Police said the girl confessed to stabbing Jackson in the neck; the boy told police he held his brother down until he was dead. A plea bargain was reached on the girl's behalf, but the details were not made public. Under a different plea agreement, the boy was sentenced to the Texas Youth Commission system for at least two years and possibly until he turns 21.

1993: A 10-year-old in Fort Worth was charged in the death of 9-year-old Dustin Gray, who drowned while swimming in Mountain Creek in Johnson County. The boy was initially sent to a Johnson County juvenile detention facility, but he was released to his mother and was admitted to a Fort Worth psychiatric hospital after it was discovered that he was emotionally disturbed as the result of long-term sexual abuse.

Source: Star-Telegram research, Cathy Belcher

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