2 fifth-grade WA boys accused of murder conspiracy

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A northeast Washington prosecutor says two fifth-grade boys are in custody, accused of bringing a knife and a stolen gun to school in a conspiracy to harm classmates.

Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen told The Spokesman-Review (http://is.gd/eZ1rEW) that no one was hurt, thanks in part to a fourth-grader who saw one of the boys playing with a knife on a school bus and told a school worker.

The two boys, ages 10 and 11, appeared in court Friday and a judge ordered them held on $100,000 bond each. They're expected to be formally charged in juvenile court with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, possession of a firearm and witness tampering.

Rasmussen says a search found a knife and handgun in one boy's backpack. Police interviews showed the boys intended to use the weapons Thursday.

Colville School District Superintendent Michael Cashion says the plan apparently involved killing an "ex-girlfriend" and harming other fifth-grade students at Fort Colville Elementary School.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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