Teen charged in 4 slayings due in court; judge weighs access


FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – A judge is deciding whether to open the courtroom for the initial appearance of a 16-year-old New Jersey boy charged with fatally shooting his parents, his sister and a family friend on New Year’s Eve.

The judge is weighing a motion by a news organization seeking access to the early afternoon hearing, which is in family court and not open to the public.

Monmouth County prosecutors are scheduled to hold a news conference after the hearing.

The teen faces four counts of murder and a weapons offense stemming from the shooting in Long Branch. Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive but have said they may seek to move the case to adult court.

The teen’s grandfather and brother were not targeted in the shooting and left the home unharmed.

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