The 12-year-old California boy, accused of stabbing his 8-year-old sister to death last month is maintaining his innocence.
The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a second-degree murder charge in a Calaveras County juvenile courtroom.
The murder of Leila Fowler drew national attention after the 12-year-old initially told deputies that he witnessed an intruder stab his sister. The boy even had a description of the man. Authorities, including the FBI, conducted an investigation into Fowler's death.
Two weeks later, authorities arrested the 12-year-old. He's been in juvenile detention ever since. If convicted, he would be behind bars until his 23rd birthday.
Mark Reichel, the boy's attorney, appeared on "Raising America With Kyra Phillips," to explain why he says his client is innocent.
"A 12-year-old is charged with a really heinous crime," he said. "The crime was allegedly committed in a small environment, the home he was living in - and (police) don't make an immediate arrest. They don't make an arrest for two weeks. He gives them a statement of how it happened. They, then, thereafter question him about six separate occasions, including the FBI does interviews with him."
"There's a phrase in law enforcement, and those that do criminal defense know, if you can't crack a 12-year-old to change his statement, then something's going on," he continued.