A Sept. 9 preliminary hearing has been set for Roger Dale Strunk, 16, in connection with the slaying of 6-year-old Veronica Fitzen of Vernal.

During an arraignment Tuesday, Strunk was ordered to remain in the Uintah County Jail without bail. He has been charged with first-degree murder, child kidnapping and aggravated sexual abuse of a child, Utah Attorney General David Wilkinson said.Wilkinson said prosecutors are trying Strunk as an adult, but defense attorneys will battle to have the matter turned over to juvenile court.