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Girl, 13, charged as an adult in murder plot on mom

OCALA — A 13-year-old central Florida girl will be tried as an adult for her alleged role in a conspiracy to kill her mother that authorities say she planned with her teenage boyfriend.

Yaquelin Galvez Don was indicted by a grand jury Friday. Typically a grand jury is asked to indict defendants on first-degree murder charges, not on attempted murder or conspiracy charges. But since Yaquelin is younger than 15, state law requires a grand jury indictment before she can be charged as an adult.

During her first court appearance Saturday, the Ocala Star-Banner reports a judge ordered the girl to be held without bond. The judge said the girl faces life in prison if convicted.

"When someone is at that age, you have to evaluate the case differently," said the girl's attorney, Tania Alavi, who expressed disappointment in the decision.

Sheriff's detectives say Don lured her mother to the garage on March 9 and that her boyfriend, 15-year-old Pedro Solis, slit the woman's throat. According to an arrest report, Solis then went inside the home and held a knife to the throat of the girl's father. But ultimately, he was not injured and persuaded Solis to drive the injured woman to a hospital, authorities said.

On the way to the hospital, Luz Galvez told detectives she promised Pedro she wouldn't sue him and that he could be with her daughter. She underwent surgery and was able to speak with detectives with the help of a physical therapist.

Authorities say Solis told them he and Don had discussed killing her parents so they could be together.

Detective said the girl admitted to discussing the plan for about a week and giving her boyfriend the knife.

Solis was indicted on March 18 on the same charges and was also denied bond.

His mother, Maria Hernandez, said she urged her 15-year-old son to break off the relationship because the girl was too young, but he ignored her. She described Solis as a good boy who loved Don and frequently talked on the phone with her like any normal teenage couple.

Hernandez said her son was suspended from school in the fall and sent to an alternative school after getting caught with a small amount of marijuana.

Girl, 13, charged as an adult in murder plot on mom 03/30/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:46pm]
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