STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.--A judge ruled Monday morning that a case against an eleven-year-old Fort Colville Elementary School student can move forward.
The boy is charged with plotting to kill his classmates. The boy and a friend were taken into custody in early February.
The fifth grade boy was in court Monday for a competency hearing which began at 9:00 a.m. The judge ruled that the boy was competent to stand trial. The judge scheduled the fifth grader’s trial for August 14th - 17th.
Defense lawyers also asked the judge to lower the boy’s bail amount. Employees at the Stevens County Prosecutor’s Office said the request was denied. The boy is being held on $100,000 bail according to prosecutors.
The Fort Colville Elementary suspect returns to court July 29th according to the prosecution. He is charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, tampering with a witness, and juvenile in possession of a firearm.
The boy is one of two suspects arrested in the plot. The ten-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges in April. A judge sentenced him to 3.5 years in a juvenile detention facility. The child could serve as much as 260 weeks (5.4 years). The judge said the student faces probation afterward.
Court documents said that the boys confessed to plotting to harm seven of their classmates, including one of the boy's girlfriends. Police said that the boys brought a knife, a gun, and ammunition to Fort Colville Elementary School to kill their classmates. The plan was foiled when another student saw a knife fall from one of the suspect’s backpacks while getting off the school bus. The boy told school staff who search the students’ backpacks and found the weapons.