Antonio (left) and Alice Balcer can be seen in this undated photo. Credit: Exiles Motorcycle Club

AUGUSTA, Maine — A judge says a Maine teenager charged with killing his parents will face murder charges as an adult.

Andrew Balcer is accused of stabbing Alice and Antonio Balcer to death a year ago. He was 17 at the time and turns 19 next month.

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Judge Eric Walker issued an order on Thursday saying Andrew Balcer should face the charges in the adult system. He also certified the case to go forward to a grand jury.

During an October hearing, prosecutors argued that Balcer should be tried as an adult. He could face 25 years to life in prison on each murder count.

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Balcer’s attorney says his client should remain in the juvenile court system.

Court testimony revealed that Balcer told a police dispatcher he “snapped” on the night of the stabbings.

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