PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – A 17-year-old girl charged with murder in connection to the stabbing death of another teenager, had her case moved back to juvenile court this week.
According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, the 17-year-old girl had her murder case moved back to juvenile court in the stabbing death of Nicholas Zurosky on July 21, 2012.
Prosecutor Ellington says the judge based her decision on the girls lack of criminal history, age, and a troubled past.
Here is a timeline of the events leading up to the murder charge:
Paragould Police say on July 6, Nicholas Zurosky and Lisa Steele were playing with a gun when the gun went off, killing Steele. Police later named Zurosky a suspect in Steele's death.
On the day of Steele's funeral, police say 16-year-old Joshua Wallace admitted to leaving the funeral, confronting Zurosky and stabbing him to death. Police say he blamed Zurosky for Steele's death. Later that night, Wallace hanged himself in the White River Juvenile Detention Center.
Prosecutors now say that Wallace had interaction with the 17-year-old girl, and she knew of his intentions but did nothing.
On October 8, 2012 prosecutors charged the 17-year-old girl, who is now 18, with first degree murder in connection to the stabbing death of Zurosky.
A neighborhood resident who asked not to be identified said people in the neighborhood were used to seeing police presence at the home on Alice Street.
"The police had been there on numerous occasions for different things, so basically when we would see them we would just wonder what had happened because unfortunately it was a regular occurrence to see police cars over there," she said. "These kids all needed an intervention from what I've known of the ones I've heard about."
Region 8 News will continue to track this developing case and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.
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