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14-year-old boy to be tried as adult in mom’s slaying

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MIAMI (Reuters) — A 14-year-old Florida boy accused of killing his mother will face first-degree murder charges as an adult, making him the third juvenile in two years to be charged with first-degree murder as an adult in the state, the Miami Herald said Saturday.

The newspaper said a grand jury in Miami returned an indictment last week against Alexander Bedford. He is accused of stabbing his mother to death with a kitchen knife in their Miami home in February after she allegedly told him to fetch an extension cord and prepare for a whipping.

Bedford could face life in prison if convicted.

Another Florida teenager, Lionel Tate, 14, was convicted by a Broward County jury in March of first-degree murder for battering a 6-year-old playmate to death. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

Nathaniel Brazill, who was 13 when he shot teacher Barry Grunow last year, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted in May by a Palm Beach County jury of second-degree murder.