Gingerich Case Appears in Front of State Court of Appeals

By Scott Sarvay

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM EDT

Kosciusko County, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Attorneys for a Kosciusko County teen, in prison for helping a friend kill the friend's step-father, argued for 20 minutes each in the Indiana State Court of Appeals Tuesday trying to appeal his conviction as an adult.

Those attorneys say, 12-year-old Paul Gingerich, was tried by a judge who didn't consider if the sixth-grader understood court proceedings.

They're wanting their client to be tried in juvenile court.

Gingerich received a 25-year sentence under a plea agreement.

State attorneys say he gave up his right to appeal after signing that agreement.

Gingerich is now 14.

The panel of three judges will issue their ruling at an unspecified date.

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