Omaha Teen Wants Murder Case Moved to Juvenile Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A teenager accused of killing an Omaha girl wants his case transferred to juvenile court.

The 17-year-old boy faces adult charges of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He's accused of killing 16-year-old Melanie Koontz. Her body was found in an Omaha creek in May. Prosecutors say she was strangled.

The boy's attorney filed a motion last week to transfer the case to juvenile court. A hearing date hasn't been set.

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles accused of a crime.

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