Court Document: Boy accused of murder wanted to go jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – A court document says a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim.

The Grand Rapids Press reports a delinquency petition filed Friday in Kent County Circuit Court says the 12-year-old told investigators he’s “bad and always does stupid things.” He added he thought he’d be killed “for doing something like this.”

A message was left for the boy’s attorney, Charles Boekeloo, who entered a not-guilty plea for his client Tuesday, a day after the stabbing of Michael Connor Verkerke in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.

The Associated Press couldn’t obtain a copy of the document because the court was closed. The AP isn’t naming the boy.

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