A 14-year-old Twin Lakes girl charged with attempted homicide after she stabbed her father will be evaluated by a psychiatric expert before the state and defense decide how to proceed with the case.
The teen was in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday. However, both the state and defense asked for an adjournment of the hearing to allow time for the evaluation.
Defense attorney Angela Komp said the evaluation will help both sides determine how the case will proceed, and whether it is possible that they will come to an agreement on a reverse waiver that would move the case into juvenile court.
Attempted first-degree homicide is automatically charged in adult court, but the defense can seek a reverse waiver that would move the case back into the juvenile justice system.
If the defense does so, the state can either fight that move in court or stipulate that the case would be better served in the juvenile system.
District Attorney Michael Graveley said there is no agreement on the issue at this point and said the evaluation will give both sides information on how to proceed.
The girl — who is not being identified by the Kenosha News due to her age — is alleged to have stabbed her father in the face while they were home at the family’s Twin Lakes apartment on Jan. 13.
According to the criminal complaint, the father was watching television when the girl allegedly attacked him, stabbing him in the face with a butcher knife.
When Twin Lakes Police arrived, they found the father outside. The girl was in the apartment “covered in blood from head to toe.”
The girl’s father, who did not have a life-threatening injury, suffered a laceration from his right eyebrow to his left eyelid.
According to the criminal complaint, the teen, who is home-schooled, had become involved when she was 13 years old in an online relationship with a person who identified himself to her as a 21-year-old man named Dave.
She had never met him in person, but referred to him as her fiancé. Her parents learned of the relationship and confronted her about it the day before the stabbing.
The attempted homicide charge was filed Jan. 31 after investigators read the girl’s journals and discovered she had been writing since December about her desire to kill her father, and that she had been discussing her plan with Dave.
The teen is next expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing March 21.