Suspect in slashing, 14, to stay in jail over holiday

A 14-year-old boy accused of conspiring in an attack on a Montrose High School student will stay locked up through Thanksgiving without bond while prosecutors decide whether to press charges against him.

During a court hearing for the boy Friday in Montrose County District Court, Judge Jeff Herron allowed prosecutors until Dec. 4 to file charges.

The boy was a student at the school and potentially faces adult charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, complicity to attempt first-degree murder and accessory to attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Nov. 11 incident at the school.

The alleged assailant, also a 14-year-old boy but not a student at the high school, is accused of cutting the throat of 17-year-old Mallory Haulman as she walked into the school. Both boys are in the custody of the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction, though they are housed separately.

Prosecutors have a Monday deadline to file charges against the alleged assailant.

Parents of the boy accused of conspiracy have said their son randomly met the alleged assailant as he walked away from the building shortly after the attack. He agreed to “ditch school,” and the police arrested the two a short time after that, according to the family.

The boy’s parents wiped their eyes and sniffled Friday as their son appeared dressed in an orange jail suit in the Montrose courtroom. The boy’s attorney, Bill Richardson, asked Judge Herron for the extra time and said his client understood it would mean more time in the youth detention facility without the possibility to bond out.


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