• Jan 13:
  • Judge rules to keep records sealed in Douglas County school murder plot
  • Jan 12:
  • Lawyer says girls accused in Douglas County school murder plot were "casual acquaintances"
  • Jan 5:
  • DA charges girl,
    16, as adult in Douglas County school murder plot
  • Dec 17:
  • Teen in Mountain Vista High School threat appears in Douglas County court
  • Dec 16:
  • Douglas County sheriff: Text tip "saved lives," stopping high school murder plot
  • Dec 15:
  • 16-year-old girls arrested in Douglas County high school murder plot

CASTLE ROCK — The second of two 16-year-olds suspected in a murder plot at their Douglas County high school could find out Thursday whether she will be charged in the case.

Prosecutors are schedule to announce whether the teenage girl will be charged as an adult or juvenile or if she will face allegations at all.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Siers said Wednesday that his office had yet to decide on how to charge the teen.

"That decision is still being finalized," he told reporters.

The hearing has been set for 11 a.m. in adult court.

The girl's alleged co-conspirator, Sienna Johnson, was charged last week as an adult. Johnson faces two felony counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Authorities say Johnson and the other girl made detailed maps of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch that included locations of specific community members, including deputies assigned to protect the campus.

According to prosecutors, Johnson referenced the movie "Natural Born Killers" in her journal.

The Denver Post does not typically name juvenile defendants unless they are charged as an adult.


Authorities say the girls' scheme was foiled in December days before it was supposed to be carried out after the county sheriff's office was tipped off via text message.

On Tuesday, the lawyer for the yet-to-be-charged teen distanced her client from Johnson, characterizing the two as grossly different.

"We understand the need for prosecutors and law enforcement to be vigilant in cases such as these," the attorney, Dagny Van Der Jagt, said in a statement. "It is our hope, after weeks of investigation, that prosecutors recognize the different sets of facts in these two cases and evaluate my client's circumstances accordingly."

Johnson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail while her alleged accomplice is being held without bail.

Court records in the case remain sealed.

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