Nate Anderson to be tried as an adult

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 6:23pm

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham tells KETK, 15-year-old Nate Anderson will be tried as an adult ...meaning he could be in prison for the rest of his life.

Smith County investigators arrested Nate Anderson a few months after his 19-year-old sister Amanda was found dead in the family home.

Amanda Anderson's parents had to hand over their son's legal future to an advocate.

Today his legal team tried to persuade a judge his behavior while in the Juvenile Attention Center should prove he should be tried as a teen.

Evidence this morning including pornography on the teen boy's computer factored into the decision from the judge...he would be tried as an adult.

The District Attorney explains what this means for Anderson if he's convicted.

"Capital Murder has its own distinct elements from murder.  This was not a Capital Murder case, it did not meet one of the statutory requirements for capital murder and since it did not meet the statutory requirements, its murder.  The range of punishment is 5 years in the penitentiary to 99 years or life in the penitentiary.  The difference between 99 years and life is nothing, so it has that full range of punishment," Bingham said.

Bingham tells KETK, Anderson's bond is set at $1 million.

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