Several witnesses were sworn in Monday for the first day of testimony in a teenager's murder trial. The 16-year-old boy is accused of killing his own sister last year in Leggett.
Authorities said a group of kids ages 12 to 15 were playing in front of a home with a loaded gun. It went off and 13-year-old Frankee McCarty ended up dead. She died at the scene after being shot in the head with a 9 millimeter pistol.
Right after the deadly shooting, word quickly spread around town Frankee's own brother killed her. He was later arrested and charged with her death.
The district attorney wanted to try the teen as an adult, but a certification hearing for the teen was canceled because the D.A. believed the penalty would be probation if he was tried as an adult.
Leggett residents said Frankee was abused by her family. One neighbor even offered to send her to camp to get her away from her problems. They're hoping now, justice will be served.
Another relative has also been arrested in this case. Shortly after Frankee's murder, investigators charged her mother, 38-year-old, Kimberly McCarty with making firearms accessible to a minor.
The teen is charged with murder and injury to a child.