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11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl

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WHITE PINE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old Tennessee boy has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after the child and her sister refused to let him see their puppies.

WATE has posted court records showing that a Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge this week found the boy guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced him to state custody until he turns 19.

The Associated Press does not generally identify juveniles accused of crimes.

The boy and 8-year-old McKayla Dyer lived in the same mobile home park in White Pine, Tennessee, about 40 miles outside of Knoxville. The judge’s court order says the boy shot McKayla with a 12-gauge shotgun after she and her 11-year-old sister refused to bring their puppies to him. The judge’s order says the girl died in her mother’s arms.