Boys, 10 and 11, charged in conspiracy to kill girl


COLVILLE, Wash. -- A northeast Washington judge has found two boys, ages 10 and 11, competent to stand trial in juvenile court on a murder conspiracy charge.Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said the fifth-graders had a handwritten plan listing seven steps leading up to the planned killing of a female classmate. That 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 playing with a knife on a school bus and told a school employee. A backpack search also turned up a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition.
The boys are being held on $100,000 bail each. A defense psychiatrist and a state psychologist each said they present a danger to the community.
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