Boy, 11, found guilty of murdering 8-year-old girl

Boy, 11, found guilty of murdering 8-year-old girl
Published: 2016 February 06 17:56:20 (9634 Views)
An 11-year-old Tennessee boy will spend the rest of his childhood locked up for killing an 8-year-old girl during a front yard argument over a puppy.

Benjamin Tiller was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder for the death of McKayla Dyer in October last year.

Police said the fifth-grade boy used his dad's shotgun to kill his neighbour after she refused to let him play with her puppy.

Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge Dennis "Will" Roach II sentenced Benjamin to state custody until he turns 19.

Benjamin, who had been trained in firearm safety and frequently hunted with his father, has five siblings — three brothers and two sisters — who have been placed with relatives and the state.

The 11-year-old and McKayla lived in the same mobile home park in White Pine, Tenn., about 40 miles outside of Knoxville, and both attended White Pine Elementary School.

The third-grade girl, her 11-year-old sister and their friend, another 11-year-old girl, were playing outside on Oct. 3, as Benjamin sat inside, looking out his bedroom window.



The boy asked the trio of girls to get their puppies — but the girls refused.

That's when Benjamin got his 12-gauge shotgun and a BB gun and told the girls he had guns, according to court documents. McKayla laughed at him and said the firearms were not real weapons.

As little McKayla laughed, the boy "then made certain the gun was loaded, cocked the hammer on the gun and shot the victim just above the heart at a downward trajectory," the judge wrote.

The girl fell backward, "quickly lost consciousness, and was later confirmed dead," the judge wrote.

McKayla's heartbroken mother said her daughter long had trouble with Benjamin.

"When we first moved to White Pine, the little boy was bullying McKayla," Latasha Dyer said in October.

"He was making fun of her, calling her names, just being mean to her. I had to go the principal about him and he quit for a while, and then all of a sudden yesterday he shot her."

Benjamin's family said they plan to appeal the judge's decision.



Source - NYDN

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