HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — A Haverhill High School student charged with stabbing two people with a machete during a gang dispute at a party has been ordered held without bail, despite pleas from his lawyer that he be freed to complete his studies.

A judge on Tuesday determined that 19-year-old Joan Manuel Mendez-Sanchez remained a danger and should be detained.

The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/WhCEHp ) reports that Mendez-Sanchez's lawyer argued that his client is a good student scheduled to graduate in a few months, has no criminal record, and should be allowed out on $2,000 bail with a curfew and electronic monitoring.

Mendez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. One witness told police the fight Feb. 15 started when a teenager became jealous because Mendez-Sanchez was dancing with his girlfriend.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com