Less than two weeks after sixth-grader Milana Li was found dead in a park near her Beaverton home, another minor has been charged with her murder.

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Milana Li, 13, of Beaverton.

Milana Li, 13, of Beaverton.

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Milana, who was a student at Conestoga Middle School, was reported missing May 9. Beaverton police found her body in a small stream in a park in the Murray Hill neighborhood the next day, and the state medical examiner subsequently ruled her death a homicide.

A 16-year-old boy was charged Friday with first-degree murder in Washington County Juvenile Court. “Due to juvenile confidentiality laws we are unable to disclose further details,” the Beaverton Police Department said in a press release. A spokesman for the department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from OPB.

During a video conference Friday, the boy appeared in court and didn’t enter a plea. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on June 3. The state has requested that he be tried in adult court.

Under Oregon law, minors suspected of serious offenses, including murder, are charged in juvenile courts when they are younger than 15, although in some cases people younger than 15 can be charged in adult court after a hearing in the juvenile system.


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