Girl in court on charges of making 'hit list'

By The Tri-City HeraldFebruary 7, 2014 

A 15-year-old girl appeared Friday in Benton County Juvenile Court on allegations she made a list with the names of 61 students "she would like to see gone."

The girl was expelled from Kiona-Benton City High School after her arrest Thursday morning.

Court Commissioner Joseph Schneider found probable cause to hold the girl on the allegations. He said she could be released from the Juvenile Detention Center on $1,000 bail, but then must be on house arrest.

The Herald is not publishing her name because she is a juvenile and hasn't been charged. Prosecutors have until Tuesday to charge her.

School district officials gave the handwritten list, which was titled "Death Note," on Thursday to a Benton County sheriff's deputy. It may have been part of a game adapted from a Japanese animated series called Death Note, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Authorities didn't think the girl planned to harm anyone.

The girl waived her rights and said she would cooperate with the investigation, court documents said. When asked about the list, she told the deputy, "Those are the people she would like to see gone, or get rid of," documents said.

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