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Washington Fifth-Graders to Stand Trial for Murder Conspiracy

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Two fifth-grade boys charged with conspiracy to commit murder were found competent to stand trial by a northeast Washington judge on Friday.

Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen submitted the fifth-graders’ handwritten plan listing seven steps to kill a female classmate at a mental capacity hearing Friday.

A county judge ruled both boys, ages 10 and 11, understood the nature and consequences of the crime.

The boys pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, juvenile possession of a firearm and witness tampering.

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They were arrested on Feb. 7, after a student reported seeing a concealed weapon in a backpack the boys were carrying on their way to Fort Colville Elementary.

School officials found a semi-automatic handgun, a full ammunition clip and a knife in the backpack. When questioned, the boys allegedly admitted to their plan to kill their classmate.

Court documents show one of the boys claimed the girl deserved to die because “she’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends.”

According to Rasmussen the handwritten note includes one boy’s plan to rape and stab the female classmate.

Rasmussen told the Spokesman Review the boy viewed rape not as a sexual act, but as a display of strength and power.

Both a state psychologist and a defense psychologist assessed the boys present a danger to the community. The boys are being held on $100,000 bond each. Their trial is set to begin in late April.

Sources: Inquistr, Fox News