Teen still awaits word on charges in slashing

MONTROSE — A 14-year-old boy arrested last month in connection with a knife attack on a Montrose High School girl will remain in custody at least until authorities determine the charges he will face.

The youth appeared Thursday in Montrose District Court. He is being held in the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

Prosecutor Jerry Montgomery asked District Judge Jeff Herron for additional time to investigate the Nov. 11 incident, citing the complexity of the case.

Another 14-year-old boy, Michael Yates, is being charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in the throat slashing of 17-year-old Mallory Haulman.

Haulman has recovered from her injuries and returned to school.

“The stakes are extremely high,” Montgomery said. “We don’t want to overcharge, and we don’t want to undercharge.”

Final charges are to be determined by Dec. 22.

Yates and the second youth are being held in separate sections of the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center, which is operated by the Division of Youth Corrections.


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