A 15-year-old boy charged in the stabbing deaths of his younger adopted brothers had his father by his side during his first court appearance.
During a brief hearing Tuesday, a juvenile court judge set a preliminary hearing for Aug. 27.
Police say the younger brothers, ages 4 and 10, were found stabbed to death inside their West Point home on May 22 after they were left home alone with their older brother. The teenager was charged with murder about a month later.
The teenager squinted as he listened to the judge. His father didn't speak during the hearing and declined comment afterward.
The teen's legal representative says the father is supporting his son even though the victims were also his children.
The Associated Press is withholding the names of the teenager and the father due to the boy's age.