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Prosecutors file new charges against teen accused of driving in deadly crash

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Months after a teenage girl was killed in a crash in a stolen car and abandoned by those with her, prosecutors filed new charges against the teen accused of driving the car.

At the time of the crash, the teen had at least four other criminal cases pending against him. According to sources, just five days before the fatal crash he was charged in Johnson County, accused of a stealing another car.

"We are just happy to see he's getting charged with something," Michael Knight said.

The family of 14-year-old Casey Knight is relieved a 14-year-old boy was charged with involuntary manslaughter, theft and aggravated battery after an Oct. 7 car crash in which Casey died. Authorities say the teen was driving a stolen SUV with several other teenage passengers when he crashed near 12th and Dodson streets in Kansas City, KS.

Surveillance video showed the teens leaving the scene of the accident, leaving Casey and another injured friend behind. Casey's mother says that's been one of the hardest things to understand.

"The ones who left her, they just keep changing their story," Teri Bishop said. "Take responsibility and just be honest."

As for the alleged driver, the family has been waiting for the charges to come. While KCTV5 is not naming him because he is a juvenile, he has quite a history with authorities. Past legal issues include theft and weapons charges.

Sources say on Oct. 2 he was charged with felony theft for stealing a car the year before. Because of that case and other pending criminal cases, the next day prosecutors in Johnson County asked that the teen be placed back in juvenile custody. Their request was denied. Four days later Casey was killed.

"It's not easy. It's been real hard," Bishop, Casey's mother, said as she fought back tears. "They say time makes it easier, but it's gotten worse."

There is still a long road ahead. The teen's attorney says his client insists he's done nothing wrong.

"I understand the police department has a job to do. I've spoken with my client, he is 100 percent innocent, he has stated he did not do the acts that they are alleging and he looks forward to his day in court," said defense attorney Jamie Brun.

The teen will be back in juvenile court in Wyandotte County next month.

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