Nashville & Texas teens to be tried as adults in Mo. couple's deaths

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A judge has decided that two teens accused of murdering a vacationing Michigan couple will be tried as adults.

Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zarro, of Spring, Texas, and 16-year-old Christopher Allen, of Nashville, Tenn., are charged with killing Paul and Margaret Brooks in January. The couple from Baldwin, Mich., was vacationing in Lampe in southwest Missouri when they were beaten and stabbed to death.

Circuit Court Judge Alan Blankenship ruled Tuesday that the boys will be tried as adults and Stone Prosecutor Matt Selby filed the criminal case a short time later.

Citing the seriousness and viciousness of the attack on the couple, Blankenship said there are no reasonable prospects for rehabilitating the boys.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the boys will make their first criminal court appearance Friday.

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