Public outrage has forced the judge to slap a gag order on the case that many find shocking. The judge proclaimed the gag order was necessary to prevent "loose-cannon pronouncements."
The defense attorneys have until Friday to either find an expert to evaluate the boy's competency or to agree to one suggested by the prosecutors.
The police say that the boy planned and methodically carried out the killings, and confessed. Authorities would not discuss specifics of the confession.
Prosecutors say that there is no record of any complaints filed about the boy with Arizona Child Protective Services and that the youngster had no disciplinary record at school.
CNN is reporting that according to Police, the boy had confessed to shooting the two men with a .22-caliber weapon. No motive was given.
"We solved the crime," St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick told KPHO. "Now we have to solve the mystery of why."
The boy's public defenders, says that the defense is treating this case "like any other first-degree murder case."
In most states, first-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or "lying in wait" for the victim.
Many of us find it hard to believe that an 8year old boy has the mental capacity to plan or "lie in wait" for a victim. There is some researach [1 2 3 ] out there that questions whether an 8 year old fully understands the concept of death.
According to CNN, the father who was shot and killed by his 8-year-old son had consulted a Catholic priest about whether the boy should have a gun and had taught him how to use firearms, according to the priest. The reasoning is that the man wanted his son to learn how to hunt. The boy's stepmother, suggested that he have a BB gun.
"He wanted to make sure the kid wasn't afraid of guns, knew how to handle it,"the priest said.
Now the boy faces two counts of premeditated murder and the police say that he did not act on the spur of the moment.
Hand gun sales are up
In a recent article in the New York Times, Sales of handguns, rifles and ammunition have surged in the last week. The reason, according to gun store owners around the nation, buyer concerned that an Obama administration will curtail their right to bear arms.
In Colorado, would-be gun buyers set a one-day record last Saturday with the highest number of background check requests in a 24-hour period, according to figures from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.