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Judge: Teen girls charged in stabbing competent to be tried

June 26, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A judge has found two teenage girls accused of fatally stabbing the younger girl’s mother competent to stand trial.

The Springfield News-Sun reports Clark County Juvenile Judge Katrine Lancaster made the determination involving the 15-year-old and 13-year-old girls Tuesday. It followed her review of a competency evaluation conducted by a local psychologist.

The teens both face the juvenile equivalent of murder and felonious assault charges in the May 23 attack. The 13-year-old’s father and teen brother also were wounded.

Authorities say the girls conspired after the 13-year-old’s parents told her she couldn’t meet with the friend anymore.

The county prosecutor has asked to move the case against the 15-year-old to adult court. The 13-year-old can’t be tried as an adult because of her age.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Springfield News-Sun, http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

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