Hearing begins on whether to try teen as adult in Oregon hunting cabin slayings


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CANYON CITY, Oregon — A judge is hearing evidence on whether to try a 15-year-old boy as an adult in the slayings last October of the boy's foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Three weeks have been set aside starting Monday in Grant County Circuit Court in Canyon City to hear evidence in the case.

The boy has been held on two juvenile counts of aggravated murder. The Associated Press has not used his name because of his age.

He is accused of shooting Michael Piete of Baker City and Piete's uncle, Kenneth Gilliland, at a hunting cabin outside Granite. Authorities haven't described a motive. Juvenile records show the boy had a history of behavioral problems, and his foster parents had received special training.

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