COLVILLE, Wash. (March 30, 2013)—A judge in northeast Washington State says two boys, ages 10 and 11, are competent to stand trial in juvenile court on murder conspiracy charges.
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said the fifth-graders had a handwritten outline listing seven steps leading up to the planned killing of a female classmate.
The 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 of them 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 boys were ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond each.
Both a defense psychiatrist and a state psychologist say they present a danger to the community.