Juvenile to be tried as an adult in December stabbing case

9:21 am | September 10, 2013

A juvenile arrested in connection with the stabbing of another juvenile last December will be tried as an adult.

Fifteen-year-old Nicholas Willen will appear in Carter County Criminal Court on Friday, Sept. 27 to face charges as an adult for second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

District Attorney General Tony Clark said the state decided to pursue adult charges following a Dec. 16, 2012 incident on Cash Hollow Road in Carter County that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Elijah  McKinney.

Carter County Juvenile Court Judge John Walton heard more than three hours of testimony in a transfer hearing Aug. 16 which resulted in a decision to send Willen to Criminal Court. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hill represented the state in the transfer hearing.

Clark said in certain felony cases that the state can proceed in trying a juvenile as an adult if certain criteria are met. Second-degree attempted murder is a Class A felony, and Clark said the state feels the requirements to have Willen tried as an adult have been fulfilled.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident. McKinney, a student at Happy Valley High School, died as a result of injuries he received after being allegedly stabbed by Willen.

Clark said Sept. 27 will be Willen’s first Criminal Court appearance.

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