Second Teen In Denver Area High School Murder Plot Charged As Adult; Details To Remain Sealed
Jan 14, 2016 10:32 PM EST
The second teenager involved in the murder plot at a high school in Denver has been charged as an adult. The details about the murder plot are still not available to the public as it remains sealed.
According to ABC News, two teenage girls, both 16, have been charged as adults after they allegedly plotted to kill their classmates and staff at a suburban Denver high school called Mount Vista High School. The second teenager has been identified as Brooke Higgins and as per the prosecutors' statement, she has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
Accordingly, Higgins researched for placed where teens are able to buy weapons online. She also reportedly wrote on her journal that she wished she could have been part of the massacre back in 1999 at the Columbine High School. She also made searches on female mass shooters.
Higgins is the second teenager charged in the case. The first teenager was identified a Sienna Johnson. They were both arrested last December 12 after police officials were alerted via their text-a-tip program that has been developed especially for schools.
Higgins' bond was set by a judge at $1 million after it was argued that she is a danger to the community, Denver Post reported. Her attorney, Dagny Van Der Jagt, is to argue to have her tried in juvenile court. Van Der Jagt noted that her client and Johnson are not close friends adding, "They have very different personalities, backgrounds, interests. They have been linked by what I call very weak circumstantial inferences."
Van Der Jagt continued to argue that her client has to be tried under juvenile court so as to focus on treatment and therapy as the teenager struggles with depression.
As for Johnson, she is alleged of mapping the plans for the attack and buying a BB gun for practice.
Meanwhile, the details of the murder plot is remained sealed. CBS reported that Douglas County District Judge Paul King thinks it's premature to release the documents while the case is ongoing. The affidavit will be sealed until March 30.
Higgins' next court appearance is on January 21. Johnson on the other hand is slated to appear on March 30 wherein it will be decided if she will be tried on adult court.