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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials have been granted extra time to work on competency issues with a now-17-year-old Utah boy accused in the sexual assault and killing of his 12-year-old neighbor.

A juvenile judge agreed Thursday the boy needs more time and treatment before being ready to face the charges. The judge granted the Department of Human Services 30 more days.

According to a Department of Human Services representative, while the boy has made "significant progress" toward being able to understand information about the case, there are still deficits in his ability to apply what he has learned.

Prosecutors disagreed, calling for the case to proceed, saying the teen has scored high in all 10 of the educational modules he was required to complete to prepare him to face the charges against him.

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