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Friday Court Date Set For Teen Held In Father's Stabbing

Originally published: 2012-01-18 11:25:53
Last modified: 2012-01-18 11:31:05



An adjudicatory hearing for a Greene County teenager accused of attempting to murder her father on Nov. 13 was continued to Friday in Greene County Juvenile Court.

Tuesday's hearing was continued to allow prosecutors time to review an evaluation of the teenager by Frontier Health.

She is charged with first-degree attempted murder.

Assistant District Attorney General Chal Thompson said his office only received a copy of the report Tuesday.

"We need some time to review that in conjunction with the case," Thompson said. "We anticipated receiving it well in advance [of the hearing]."

Bailey said he received his copy of the evaluation on Friday, as did defense lawyers.

The 13-year-old girl, who is charged with first-degree attempted murder, sat quietly with lawyers from the Greene County Office of the Public Defender during the brief hearing. Her name is not released because of her age.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department took the girl into custody late Nov. 13 following the alleged stabbing incident involving her 69-year-old father at her family's Greystone Road home.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call found the blood-covered victim in a neighbor's driveway with multiple stab wounds and lacerations.

The victim was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center. He was later released from the hospital.

Deputies reported a large butcher knife and cell phone, both covered in blood, were found in the passenger seat of the father's car. The daughter was found in a field between the two residences.

Bailey will review the evaluation and decide if the girl will be tried in adult court or the case will be resolved in Juvenile Court.

It is possible the girl will enter a plea in the case on Friday, statements during Tuesday's proceeding indicated.

"I have advised the district attorney on our position," Assistant Public Defender Anita Leger told Bailey.

The girl remains held in the regional Juvenile Detention Center in Johnson City. Bailey denied a request by Leger to release her to the custody of family members.

"I know [the girl] has been in detention for a while, and I'm sensitive to the fact," the judge said.

"Hopefully, Friday, the matter can be resolved," Bailey said.

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