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Teen Stabbing Case Progressing Toward Trial

KSAL Staff - July 28, 2015 5:20 pm

Sierra Niehaus (left) is accused of stabbing to death her 13-year-old sister Galazia Niehaus (right).

A case involving the stabbing death of a 13-year-old Saline County girl is slowly progressing towards a trial.

A Saline County teen accused of stabbing her sister to death spent most of the day in court Tuesday. 15-year-old Sierra Niehaus appeared with her attorney Julie Effenbeck. Judge Patrick Thompson listened to several pre-trial motions.

Sierra is scheduled to stand trial in the fall 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.

The judge Tuesday watched videos of three lengthy interviews of Sierra, conducted at the Saline County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the stabbing. Investigators Kris Kite, Matt Fisher, and Jim Hughes each conducted separate interviews.

Initially, Sierra told a story of three unknown men entering her home, and forcing her at gunpoint to drive to Salina. She said that she was able to get away from them, and ran to a friend’s nearby house, the daughter of Saline County Sheriff Lt. Sean Kochanowski.

By the time the third interview was completed, Sierra conceded that she had stabbed her sister. But she said that she did not remember doing it, or remember why she did it.

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 was initially set, but realistically a date of mid-October is anticipated in the case.

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Doug Clemens

July 29, 2015 at 12:34 am

I have a problem with this whole case especially with her being tried as an adult. What I do not understand there is another case with a male under age that killed an innocent girl and they do not want to try him as an adult. A killing is a killing and the court should realize a 14 year olds brain is not fully developed like and 18 year olds. My other concern is the handling of this case by the sheriff’s department especially when she went to the sheriff’s sons house after stabbing her sister. There seems to be something not being said here. Further no one ever has questioned why the parents did not intervene in the matter as they could not help hearing an argument between the two. The parents were home in a double wide trailer not some 10,000 square foot home. In closing the judge erred in his ruling to try her as an adult, the county attorney erred in not filing charges against the parents and finally the sheriff’s office with its shady dealings and not having an attorney present when questioning this young person is just unbelievable. Yes she committed a crime an evidently needs help which she will never get in prison.

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