Hearing Could Put Teen Back In Juvenile Court For Murder Plot

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – One of the teens accused of plotting a murderous attack on a high school in Highlands Ranch could get information Tuesday on when a crucial hearing will happen. The hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday was postponed until Friday when the dates will be set.

According to the 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, the judge will likely set a date for a reverse transfer hearing in one of the teenage girls accused of threatening students and staff at Mountain Vista High School.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Sienna Johnson and Brooke Higgins were both 16 years old when they were arrested in December 2015 for an alleged murder plot at their Highlands Ranch school.

Higgins has been accused of plotting to kill student and staff at the high school, even writing about how she wished she could have taken part in the April 1999 Columbine High School attacks.

Prosecutors have charged those teenagers as adults and the defense attorneys have asked for a reverse transfer — they argue the teens should be tried as juveniles where the punishment is far less severe.

Sienna Johnson and Brooke Higgins (credit: CBS)

Sienna Johnson and Brooke Higgins (credit: CBS)

Brooke Higgins (credit: Mountain Vista High School yearbook photo)

Brooke Higgins (credit: Mountain Vista High School yearbook photo)

Her attorneys claim that her crime is a “thought crime” at best. Higgins has been charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder under extreme indifference and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after deliberation.

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