Boy, 13, and girl, 12, face murder charge after double shooting in Texas home

By Calvin Palmer

A 13-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl face charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a double shooting at a house in Garland, Texas.

Darlene Nevil, 46, was killed and her husband, Alan Nevil, 48, was wounded in the attack yesterday in their home on Rilla Drive.

Police arrived at the home about 2:30 p.m. and found Alan Nevil lying in his next-door neighbor’s yard with gunshot wounds in his arm and leg. Officers found his wife dead inside their home.

Acting on information from the wounded man, officers took the boy and girl into custody several blocks from the crime scene.

Police also recovered a handgun they believe was used in the attack.

Nevil is in stable condition at a Dallas hospital after undergoing surgery.

Police have refused to reveal the relationship between the two children and the Nevils.

Garland police spokesman Joe Harn declined to confirm reports that the victims were the girl’s parents.

“We’re not commenting on that simply because we’re not able to identify juveniles,” Harn said.

He said Texas law prevents a police department from identifying juvenile suspects. They can be identified starting at age 15, but only if they are certified as adults.

Do they have to attend community college in order to gain “adult” certification?

The suspects were taken to a Dallas County juvenile jail where they face charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Harn said.

[Based on reports by The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.]

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