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November 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Suspect in Snohomish High stabbing faces court hearing

— From Times staff reporter Nancy Bartley:

The Snohomish High School student accused of stabbing two schoolmates last month will learn tomorrow when a hearing will be scheduled to determine whether she will be prosecuted as a juvenile or an adult.

A date for the so-called decline hearing will be set during the court proceeding tomorrow morning in Everett. Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Larsen said the decline hearing will likely be in January to give the defense attorney time to have the girl evaluated by a mental-health expert.

Juvenile sentences end at 21, unlike sentences imposed on adult defendants.

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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