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Mundelein teen pleads not guilty to stabbing death of half-sister

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VERNON HILLS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The 14-year-old girl from Mundelein charged in the stabbing death of her 11-year-old sister Jan. 21 pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in court at the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex in Vernon Hills Friday morning, Pioneer Press is reporting.

An attorney for girl said he hopes to keep her case in the juvenile system. The State's Attorney's Office could petition to try the girl as an adult but that decision is some time off, officials said.

The girls' mother, father and step-father were in attendance.

The 14-year-old was ordered held in secure detention Wednesday after she was charged in the murder of her 11-year-old half-sister, who was found in an upstairs bedroom of their Mundelein home.

The 14-year-old initially told police that a Hispanic man had broken into their home, had attacked her sister then ran off.

Investigators confronted the 14-year-old, telling her that there were strands of hair in her half-sister's hands, and DNA testing would reveal more information about her attacker. The 14-year-old allegedly confessed to the crime, saying her half-sister had hit her the night before, had made her mad and did not appreciate all that she was doing for her, prosecutors said.

The 14-year-old said she woke up at 7:50 a.m., waited 10 to 15 minutes, went downstairs and got a knife, then went to stab her sister, prosecutors alleged.

They struggled, and when she realized the younger girl was dead, she stopped the attack, prosecutors said.

The immediate cause of the death of the victim was "multiple sharp force injuries," which were "consistent with a fillet knife," Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said.

Rudd said there were about 30 stab wounds to the girl's neck, chest and arm. In addition to those wounds there were three slashing or slicing wounds across the victim's face.

There were another four defensive wounds to the palm of the girl's left hand and a single defensive wound to the palm of her right hand, Rudd said. The girl had "bruises and punctuate wounds" on the right part of her chest, indicating that the tip of the knife was pushed on it, but did not enter the skin, he said.

Additionally, there were knife wounds that "nicked" the carotid and right internal jugular vessels, Rudd said. There were two more stab wounds to the left upper lung, he said.


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