HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A 15-year-old Hagerstown girl will be tried as an adult for allegedly soliciting her father's murder.
Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone ruled Thursday that Danielle Black's case would stay in adult court. He said it was a close call.
Black faces one count of solicitation of first-degree murder stemming from the fatal, Halloween stabbing of 47-year-old Billy Lee Black.
Prosecutors say Danielle asked a friend on a school bus to kill her father because he was physically abusing her. She contends she only wanted her father roughed up — not killed.
A different friend, 20-year-old Alec Eger (AYE'-ger), is charged with first-degree murder in the case.
No court date was set, but Black's attorney says she will plead not guilty.
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