Dad Stands by Son Accused of Killing Little Sister

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VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — The father of a boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, said authorities need to show him evidence before he’ll believe that his son is a killer.


Leila Fowler

“Until they have the proper evidence to show it’s my son, we’re standing behind him,” Barney Fowler told the Associated Press. “If they have the evidence, well, that’s another story. We’re an honest family.”

Leila was found stabbed to death in her Valley Springs home April 27. Her 12-year-old brother was home at the time and told police he saw an intruder commit the crime before the attacker ran off.

A witness corroborated the boy’s description of the attacker but later recanted the statement. The boy was arrested on a murder charge Saturday at the Valley Springs substation of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.

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