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New Jersey Judge Denies Media Access To Girl Slaying Case

(Autumn Pasquale.  Photo provided)

(Autumn Pasquale. Photo provided)

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By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Gloucester County family court judge has decided that the media will not be inside juvenile proceedings for a pair of Clayton teenagers charged with the October murder of a 12-year-old neighbor.

Several newspapers and the Associated Press had sought to open proceedings in the strangulation of Autumn Pasquale.

“She denied our motion, which was for intervention and for access to the juvenile proceedings, and she denied a cross motion for a protective order that was filed by the defendants as well,” said attorney Stephen DeFeo.

A hearing to decide on a prosecution bid to move the 15 and 17-year-old suspects to adult court will be held behind closed doors.

The papers could file an appeal of Maier’s decision, but whether that could happen in time for that waiver hearing is uncertain.