Accused Teen Stabber Back in Court
KSAL Staff - June 13, 2015 6:26 am
Sierra Niehaus (left) is accused of stabbing to death her 13-year-old sister Galazia Niehaus (right).
A Saline County teen accused of stabbing her sister to death appeared in court Friday afternoon. 15-year-old Sierra Niehaus appeared with her attorney as Judge Patrick Thompson listened to, and ruled on, a few pre-trial motions.
Sierra is scheduled to stand trial in September in connection with the death of her 13-year-old sister Galazia. Sierra, who was 14-years-old at the time, is accused of stabbing Galazia to death in August of last year.
Judge Thompson granted motions to let Sierra wear street clothes during the trial, and to to let a second attorney be hired to help the defense in the case. He scheduled a later time to hear motions to move the trial to a different location, and to discuss Sierra’s mental health.
Previously, back in April, Judge Thompson had ruled that Sierra would be prosecuted as an adult.
The case stems from the death of Galazia Niehaus. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing at about 1:45 in the morning on Friday, August 1st, 2014. When deputies arrived at the scene in Northwest Saline County they found the body of Galazia, who had been stabbed to death.
Sierra is being held in the Saline County Jail on a million dollar bond.
A trial date of September 15th has been set in the case, but all involved agreed that there is a good possibility that the date will have to be pushed back to a later date in the fall.
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