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Sabin Middle School teens were 'testing bombs,' may be tried as adults

October 13, 2017 Updated: October 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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Sabin Middle School at 3605 N Carefree Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Two Sabin Middle School students accused of creating a "kill list" threatening classmates and staff may be tried in adult court after a magistrate said they were testing bombs or an incendiary device.

A video submitted as part of the investigation into the alleged plot purportedly shows the teens under a bridge tossing what Colorado Springs Police Officer Isaiah Wright described in court Friday as "a Molotov cocktail." The teens were not named in the video, Wright said.

The teens had discussed via text messaging the testing of incendiary devices, according to their arrest documents, which are sealed but which Magistrate Dennis McGuire said he read. There's also "now a video showing that," McGuire said.

He declined requests to release the teens from Springs Creek Youth Services Center, where they appeared by video, saying they had specific targets, a specific way of tracking those targets and were "testing bombs."

"This is more than just simple dark humor as described," McGuire said. "There was a plan in place."

McGuire acknowledged knowing one of the individuals on the list, as did a member of the public defender's office.

The teens, who are not being named because they are juveniles, were arrested last weekend on suspicion of inciting destruction of life or property and conspiracy, both class 6 felonies, after they reportedly listed the classmates and staff they planned to "punish."

On Friday, prosecuting attorney Natalie Greenfield said she also is pursuing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, a second-degree felony, and said petitions have been filed to transfer the teens to adult court,

Attorney David Foley reiterated Friday that his client is not a threat. The teen's family has removed all guns from the home, he's scheduled for additional counseling and plans are in place to either send the teen to a private school or enroll him in online classes, Foley said. The teen's parents and grandparents, who came in from out-of-state, also pledged 24-hour supervision, he said.

The second teen's public defender reserved discussing his case until their next court appearance on Oct. 26.

The two teens only spent a couple hours together outside of school once, Foley said. All other communication reportedly happened in the lunchroom.

Police said they seized guns, presumably from the teens' homes, while serving search warrants on Oct. 6, a day after they were tipped to the threat, but said no weapons were found on school property.

The Gazette requested a copy of the search warrant from the court records office, but the request was denied because it currently is a juvenile case.

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Contact Kaitlin Durbin: 636-0362

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