Girl charged as adult for plotting US school murder

January 6, 2016 7:17 pm

 The
girls were arrested after police were alerted to their plans on
December 12th, 2015 via a text-a-tip program developed for schools.
Photo / File Photo

One of two 16-year-old girls accused of conspiring to kill students
at their suburban Denver high school has been charged as an adult after
prosecutors say she bought a BB gun for target practice and mapped plans
for an attack.
Prosecutors charged Sienna Johnson with
conspiracy to commit murder and asked that she not be allowed to return
to Mountain Vista High School in the affluent suburb of Highlands Ranch.
Defence attorneys requested a hearing to transfer the case back to
juvenile court.
A judge set her bond at $1 million ($1.5
million). Prosecutors said Johnson showed no remorse and told
investigators that if she were released she would try again and better
hide her plans.
The girls were arrested after police were alerted
to their plans on December 12th, 2015 via a text-a-tip program
developed for schools.

Her parents declined to comment after Tuesday’s hearing, and Johnson’s parents could not be located for comment.
In
addition to buying the BB gun, authorities said Johnson had harmed a
pet and kept a journal where she drew disturbing images and wrote about
the 1994 film Natural Born Killers, which profiled young serial
killers. She obtained maps of the school and the schedule of a school
resource officer, prosecutors said.
An attorney for one of the
girls argued in court filings that the case hinges on entries in a
journal that police illegally seized. The girl was keeping the journal
at the urging of a therapist, attorney Dagna Van Der Jagt said in the
motion, the Denver Post reported.
“There is no direct
evidence in this case of the defendant’s possession of any weapons,
bombs, or incendiary devices,” Van Der Jagt wrote in the motion opposing
a request by media outlets to unseal documents in the case. The judge
did not immediately rule on whether to release documents in the case.

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