Agency sees no lapse in escape

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state Youth Services Division says the case of a youth in state custody reported as a runaway appears to have been handled properly. Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Barbara Mariani says the youth is a suspect in the killing of a North Little Rock man about two weeks later.

A North Little Rock police report that classified the youth as runaway says the teen fled from a caseworker on Aug. 31. The youth had been convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to the Youth Services Division in September 2008. Officials have declined to name the youth.

But North Little Rock police have filed a first-degree murder charge against 16-year-old Leo Belcher in the Sept. 17 shooting death of Antonio Patterson. Belcher remains at large. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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