Boy found guilty of shooting his mother in Arizona
A 12-year old boy in Arizona has been found guilty of shooting his mother to death over an argument about household chores. The judge in the case ruled that he had shot his mother intentionally when he fired eight bullets into her.
He has not been identified due to his age, but sentencing will come on the 23 of January. He can only be held in the justice system until he is 18 years of age however.
The hearing took place in Cochise County Superior Court in the southern Arizona town of Bisbee.
According to prosecutors, the shooting happened after the boy had argued with his mother over chores.
He got a pistol from a bedroom cupboard and shot Sara Madrid repeatedly.
Her live-in boyfriend of 10 years, Alfonso Munoz, saw what happened and he says the boy gave him the empty gun afterwards.
Mr Munoz, who helped raise the boy, said he had taught him how to use the weapon for emergencies and self-defence.