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November 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Hearing set for suspect in Snohomish High stabbings

The 15-year-old girl charged with stabbing two Snohomish High School schoolmates last month will be in Snohomish County Superior Court Juvenile Division at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 for a “decline hearing,” in which attorneys for the prosecution and the defense will argue whether the girl should be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.

Criminal sentences for juveniles cannot extend past their 21st birthdays, unlike sentences imposed on adults.

According to charging documents, the 15-year-old girl walked out of a restroom stall on the morning of Oct. 24 and stabbed April Lutz, 14, from behind. April’s friend, Bekah Staudacher, 15, tried to intervene and was stabbed in the arm.

April’s doctors later told reporters she suffered 10 stab wounds in her heart, lungs, neck and thigh and numerous lacerations. Both victims are expected to fully recover.

The alleged attacker has been charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. The Seattle Times is not naming her because she is charged as a juvenile.

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