Two fifth-grade boys to stand trial for conspiring to murder classmate
Two boys at Ford Colville Elementary School, ages 10 and 11, allegedly planned to kill a female classmate. They had a handwritten plan listing seven steps to the murder, a prosecutor said. A fourth-grader saw one of the students with a knife on a school bus, and a backpack search turned up a handgun.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 3:21 PM
A classmate saw one of the suspected students with a knife on a school bus.
COLVILLE, Wash. - A northeast Washington judge has found two boys, ages 10 and 11, competent to stand trial in juvenile court on a murder conspiracy charge.
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen says the fifth-graders had a handwritten plan listing seven steps leading up to the planned killing of a female classmate. That list was submitted as evidence at their mental capacity hearing Friday.
A county judge ruled that the boys understood the nature and consequences of their actions. They pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, witness tampering and juvenile possession of a firearm.
The boys were arrested Feb. 7 at Fort Colville Elementary School after a fourth-grader saw one playing with a knife on a school bus and told a school employee. A backpack search also turned up a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.
The Spokesman Review reports (http://is.gd/MiK1al ) the boys are being held on $100,000 bond each. Both a defense psychiatrist and a state psychologist say they present a danger to the community.