A juvenile court judge in Houston has agreed to provide limited public access io the case of a 10-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his father, reports the Houston Chronicle. After a request from the Chronicle and KPRC-Channel 2, Judge Kent Ellis modified a gag order he imposed after the child’s arrest in August. “The public has a right to know what the government is doing,” Ellis said.
The child, who remains at a juvenile-detention facility, has been charged with murder in the Aug. 27 death of his father, Rick Lohstroh, a 41-year-old physician. Children younger than 14 cannot be tried as adults. The court will disclose the dates of juvenile-court proceedings, the type of motions filed and the judge’s ruling on those filings. Courtroom proceedings will remain closed, the court documents unavailable to the public, and attorneys involved in the case will be prohibited from speaking to reporters. Brian Fischer, a lawyer appointed to represent the interests of the child, said media coverage would taint a jury pool. He opposed disclosing information about the case.