CUERNAVACA, Mexico — A 14-year-old boy accused of
participating in four beheadings for a Mexican drug cartel will be tried
under a state juvenile law that carries a maximum of three years in
prison if convicted, a judge said Sunday.
The juvenile court judge
in the state of Morelos made the ruling after a daylong hearing on
whether the federal government should handle the case because of the
gravity of the allegations against the boy, known as "El Ponchis."
judge said that Mexican law allows him to preside over cases involving
minors facing federal charges and that the teenager will face charges of
murder, organized crime and other allegations in the state of Morelos.