December 5th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

15-year-old faces March trial in stabbing death

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The trial date has been set for a former Happy Valley High School student who stands accused of stabbing a fellow student to death and critically wounding another.

Photo by Max Hrenda Nicholas Wade Willen, right, speaks with his attorney, Melanie Sellers, after Judge Stacy Street set his trial date for March 4.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Nicholas Wade Willen, right, speaks with his attorney, Melanie Sellers, after Judge Stacy Street set his trial date for March 4.

On Wednesday morning, Carter County Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street assigned March 4 as the starting date for what attorneys believe will be a three-day trial for Nicholas Wade Willen, 15, who is accused of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

On the morning of Dec. 16, 2012, two teenagers were taken to the hospital with knife wounds after authorities said a disagreement between them, Willen, and another unnamed teenager turned violent during a party at 212 Cash Hollow Road. One of those teens, 16-year-old Elijah McKinney, died from those wounds, one of which pierced his heart.

After the incident took place, Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes told reporters that he and one of his officers tracked Willen and the other teen to an apartment owned by one of his relatives off Milligan Highway.

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