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Mother of burned Texas boy says son ID'd attacker

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014 12:40 PM

Updated: Mar 3, 2014 12:40 PM

CONROE, Texas (AP) The mother of a Southeast Texas boy doused with gasoline and set on fire on his eighth birthday in 1998 says once he got better her son never wavered in identifying his attacker a then 13-year-old neighbor.

Prosecutors were in a Conroe (KAHN'-roh) courtroom Monday trying to convince a judge that the neighbor now 28 years old should be tried as an adult for a crime he is accused of committing as a teen.

Don Willburn Collins is facing a murder charge in Robert Middleton's death.

Authorities allege Collins poured gasoline on Middleton and set him on fire. Middleton survived but died in 2011 from skin cancer that authorities say was caused by the burns.

Collins' attorney is questioning the constitutionality of the case.

Topics: Badly Burned Boy

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