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Elizabeth teen accused in death of dad healing: attorney

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

An Elizabeth Township girl charged in the shotgun killing of her father remains in a residential treatment center and is rebounding from her abusive past, her attorney said Wednesday.

Rachel Booth, 14, had a dependency-review hearing, closed to the media, in Juvenile Court.

She was 13 when Matthew Booth Sr., 34, was shot in the face July 30. She initially was charged as an adult.

Prosecutors moved the case to Juvenile Court in August after reviewing the squalid conditions in which the teen lived. Defense attorney Patrick Nightingale said Rachel Booth shot her father only to end years of sexual abuse.

She faces a Feb. 6 delinquency hearing, which is the Juvenile Court's equivalent of a criminal trial.

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