The two Colville fifth-graders were found competent to stand trial in juvenile court Friday in Stevens County Superior Court, KXLY-TV, Spokane, reported. The boys, whose names have not been released, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, witness tampering and juvenile possession of a firearm. Their next hearing is scheduled for April 8.
Authorities allege they engaged in the murder conspiracy in early February.
KREM-TV, Spokane, reported court documents revealed the boys confessed to plotting to harm seven classmates. Police said the boys brought a knife, a gun and ammunition to Fort Colville Elementary School with the intention of killing their classmates, the TV station said.
Their plot ended when another student saw a knife fall from one of the suspect's backpacks while getting off the school bus and told teachers.
The girl who was targeted had been the girlfriend of one of the suspect's and had mocked him on the school bus. A Colville police officer told the court he asked the boy if he knew it would be wrong and illegal to kill the girl and that the boy replied, "Yes, I wanted her dead."
The boys also allegedly were ready to pay $80 to another student to keep their plan a secret, KXLY-TV said.
Teacher's aide Richard Payette testified he asked one of the boys where he had gotten the gun, "and he said he had stolen the gun from his brother's room and that his brother has stolen it from his grandfather."
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