MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — The half-brother of an 11-year-old boy who was found buried in the family’s Riverside County backyard made his first in court appearance Monday afternoon for a detention hearing.
Skylor Atilano, 16, was charged with murder Friday in the death of his half-brother, Terry Smith.
Atilano’s family, including his mother, were present in Riverside County court as a judge ordered the hearing to be postponed until September.
An interim finding by the judge will keep the teen detained until the next hearing. The judge said he made the decision based on Atilano’s history of violent outbursts.
“That was based on the safety of the public as well as the safety of the juvenile himself,” said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.
But outside the justice center, supporters of Atilano said they do not believe the accusations.