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Radita parents accused of murdering diabetic son to learn fate next month

Parents charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 15-year-old son, who weighed 37 pounds at the time of his death, are expected back in court in January.

Justice Karen Horner will deliver her decision Jan. 23

Alex Radita, 15, weighed less than 40 lb. when he died. His parents, Emil and Rodica, are accused of refusing to treat his diabetes and neglecting the child. (Left:Court exhibit Right:CBC)

The parents accused of murdering their diabetic son by refusing to treat his disease will learn their fate next month.

A date was set on Friday for Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner to deliver her decision following their five-week trial that began in May.

Emil Radita, 59, and his wife, Rodica, 54, are charged with first-degree-murder in the 2013 death of 15-year-old Alex, who weighed 37 pounds at the time of his death.

He died of complications from untreated diabetes after experiencing starvation and neglect.

Court heard evidence that the Raditas had a history of refusing to treat Alex's diabetes.

In 2003, when he was five-years-old, Alex was taken to hospital so ill that one witness testified he was hours from dying of untreated diabetes.

At that time he was taken from his family by B.C. social services for several months.

But a British Columbia judge returned the boy and eventually the family moved to Alberta where Alex never saw a doctor or attended school.

In defence closing arguments, lawyers Andrea Serink and Jim Lutz argued the Crown has not proven the Raditas planned or intended Alex's death so they should not be found guilty of murder.

Susan Pepper and Marta Juswiak are prosecuting the case.