Florida teens arrested in murder conspiracy to stay in jail
Updated On: Mar 10 2014 05:34:34 PM EDT
A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were arrested Sunday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder after the boy, according to Marion County sheriff's deputies, slit the throat of his girlfriend's mother.
Marion County deputies said they arrested Pedro H. Solis and Yaquelin Galvez Don on charges of attempted murder in the second-degree.
Solis told authorities that he and his girlfriend planned the attack because they wanted to be together.
According to deputies, Don lured her mother into the garage early Sunday, and Solis attacked her. Deputies said Solis then went inside the house and held the knife to the father's throat but was persuaded to take the bleeding woman to the hospital.
According to an arrest affidavit, Solis dropped her off at the emergency room and hospital officials called the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the mother survived surgery and told them what happened. Don's father was not injured.
The teens were arrested hours later and taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention.
The Don's neighbors told Local 6 they had no idea what had happened.
"I think it's crazy for kids to be making plans like that," said Dustin Estey, who lives next door. "I pray for their family. I just can't believe that would happen at all."
Local 6 has learned Solis has a history of behavior problems in school and had been attending an alternative school most recently.
The two teens faced a judge Monday morning. They sat just feet apart from each other and continuously glanced over at one another.
During the hearing Solis' mother broke down in tears. She remained emotional while she stood next to her son, but Solis showed no signs of emotion.
Don appeared in front of the judge without a parent or guardian.
The judge refused home confinement for the teens so they will remain locked up at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
They are scheduled to be arraigned on March 18.
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