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Texas Teen Facing Murder Charges In Van Crash, Killing 9 Undocumented Immigrants

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TEXAS VAN WRECK
Bodies of suspected illegal immigrants lay on the side of the road as emergency crews survey the scene, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the scene of Tuesday's deadly wreck involving a van carrying suspected illegal immigrants in Palmview, Texas. At least nine people were killed and six were hurt in the crash. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Joel Martinez) | AP

PALMVIEW, Texas -- A 15-year-old South Texas boy has been charged with nine counts of murder among other charges after a van he was driving crashed, killing nine of the suspected undocumented immigrants packed inside.

The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, appeared at a probable cause hearing Monday.

He was also charged with 17 counts of smuggling a person and causing serious bodily harm including death and one count of evading.

Palmview Police Chief Chris Barrera said the boy, a U.S. citizen from Hidalgo County, said this morning he drove the van because his family had been threatened.

Barrera said prosecutors would decide whether to try the boy as an adult.

The nine killed in the rollover crash last Tuesday were all Mexican citizens.

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