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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.: The call came in to police dispatch just after 5 p.m. on a cold November evening in the small Arizona town of St. Johns: There was a body on the front porch of a house. Detective Debbie Neckel fastened her bulletproof vest and headed out. Lucas Rodriguez approached the blue two-story home, Neckel fixed her eyes on two people, a teenager and an 8-year-old boy standing nearby.Rodriguez walked toward the house, and Neckel toward the boy, whom she knew from the neighborhood. The Associated Press isn't identifying the teen because of his age at the time of the shootings.The transition will be easier because of the support network he built since pleading guilty to negligent homicide in Romans' death, said Wood and Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting, who prosecuted the case.Whiting said at the time that it was in the boy's best interest not to be forced to acknowledge killing his father.Romero and his wife, Tiffany, told the boy he would be spanked once for each day he forgot them, Neckel said.For Neckel, she developed what she called an unreasonable fear of children for about a year after the boy was charged.
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