JEFFERSON (AP) - A Jefferson County judge is holding a secret hearing to determine if criminal charges could be filed in a 1988 death previously attributed to accidental drowning.
The Journal Times reports Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston decided to conduct the proceedings into Artis Echoles' death. The hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding mixed with a coroner's inquest, will be Dec. 5 in Jefferson.
Weston ordered the case reopened in January. But District Attorney Susan Happ found no evidence to suggest a crime was committed.
The boy's mother, Carmin White, says there were conflicting investigation reports. In one report, three children said they saw a man holding the 8-year-old's head under water to make him swim.
The boy, who was afraid of water, was vacationing with his foster family.
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