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Father of boy allegedly killed by 10-year-old: 'Sad for both families'

January 20, 2012 | 12:06 pm

The father of a 12-year-old boy who authorities say was fatally stabbed by his 10-year-old friend in San Diego said the violence is a tragedy for all concerned.

The suspect will be evaluated to determine whether he is competent to stand trial on murder and felony assault charges, a judge said Thursday.

The boy, whose name was not released by authorities, fidgeted and cracked his knuckles throughout the hearing, which was his first appearance in court since he allegedly killed Ryan Carter on Monday after the victim had tried to break up a fight.

Glen Carter told Fox 5 San Diego he had mixed feelings about the murder charge.

“It's just sad for both families. This is going to be tough to get through," Carter said. "It’s up to the courts now.”

The younger boy, neighbors said, suffered from emotional issues and was prone to bouts of anger, but they expressed shock that he was capable of such violence.

Carter was the suspect's best friend, and the two were often seen playing together on the streets of their mobile home park near El Cajon, a suburb east of San Diego.

The suspect is being tried as a juvenile and potentially could be incarcerated until he is 25, prosecutors said.

Under state law, a child must be at least 14 to be tried as an adult. Prosecutors would not comment on their decision to file murder charges and declined to provide more details of the investigation.

-- Richard Marosi and Fox 5 San Diego