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Trial date set for Phoenix teen charged in officer’s death

PHOENIX (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a 15-year-old boy accused of killing a Maricopa County jail officer who authorities say was randomly targeted when he was shot in his driveway.

The trial is scheduled for June 26.

The boy has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting in the Aug. 8 death of 27-year-old detention officer Jorge Vargas.

Vargas was attacked while working on his car outside his home in Tolleson, near 89th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

He was wearing his uniform, which identified him as a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office employee. Investigators don’t know what exactly happened before Vargas was shot.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because of his age.

Vargas worked for the sheriff’s Custody Support Bureau in a jail food factory.

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