Friday, November 29, 2013
BAKER CITY, Ore. — A new judge has been appointed to oversee the case of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his foster father and the father’s uncle last month in Eastern Oregon.
Senior Judge J. Burdette Pratt of Vale, who retired from the Malheur County bench last year, will now hear the case. Grant County District Attorney Ryan Joslin requested that Judge William D. Cramer be disqualified. The prosecutor is not required to give a reason.
The teen is accused of fatally shooting 43-year-old Michael Piete and 64-year-old Kenneth Gilliland at a hunting cabin west of Baker City on Oct. 3. The Baker City Herald reports that the boy had been placed in foster care with Piete and his wife.
The boy was charged in juvenile court with aggravated murder. The Associated Press does not identify minors in juvenile-court proceedings.