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Young Brother Of Murder Victim Arrested

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  Original Published: 5/13/2013  Investigators have arrested the brother of an 8-year-old murder victim in Calaveras County, California.   Leila Fowler was stabbed to death in her home in late April.   Now, as Brianna Keilar reports, the boy is facing charges in his little sister's killing.   "Citizens of Calaveras County can sleep a bit better tonight."   Two weeks after 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found stabbed to death, police make a dramatic and surprising announcement.   "Detectives have arrested Leila's 12-year-old brother, at the Valley Springs substation on charges of homicide," says Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz.   The little girl and her brother were alone in their family's northern California home, when he told police that he'd seen an intruder leaving the house.   The boy called his parents, who called 9-1-1.   He then found his sister, stabbed. She later died.   During their investigation, authorities released only a sketchy description of a suspect.   The small town of Valley Springs on edge, as police searched for Leila's killer.   Within the past few days, her family stood together at a candlelight vigil to remember her.   "I just want to thank the entire community, our family and friends for their overwhelming amount of support you've given my family. It will never be forgotten," says Krystal Walters, Leila's mother.   Meanwhile, there are still many unanswered questions, questions about the motive, and what led police to arrest Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother.    Sheriff officials say law enforcement spent more than two-thousand hours on the investigation into the little girl's murder.
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