By Max Hrenda
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.
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.