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Dec 17, 6:08 PM EST

Teen admits killing 2 at Oregon hunting cabin



GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A defense lawyer says a 15-year-old boy who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a hunting cabin in northeastern Oregon never meant to kill anyone.

Katie Berger said Wednesday that the boy had the emotional maturity of a 9-year-old after years of abuse, foster care, and juvenile treatment, and shouldn't have been around loaded guns.

The boy had told State Police he was fearful of wolves and accidentally shot one victim while firing at what he thought were a pair of eyes in the dark. The boy said he got scared and fired wildly into an upstairs loft, hitting his foster father.

Berger says the boy made admissions Wednesday in Grant County Court to the juvenile equivalent of manslaughter and was placed in state custody.

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