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14-Year-Old Might Be Charged As Adult

KSAL StaffAugust 5, 2014

A 14-year-old Saline County girl accused of stabbing her 13-year-old sister to death might possibly be tried as an adult.

Sierrra Niehaus made her first appearance in Saline County District Court Tuesday morning. Dressed in jeans and a pullover shirt, and showing no emotion, she appeared with court appointed attorney Bob Thompson. Her parents were not present in the courtroom.

Niehaus is facing First Degree Murder charges. She is accused in the death of her 13-year-old sister. 

Sierra will continue to be held in the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Junction City. After reading the charges against her, Judge Patrick Thompson, no relation Sierra’s attorney, said that he believes she may be dangerous to herself, or others.

The Saline County Attorney’s Office indicated that they might make an effort to prosecute the 14-year-old girl as an adult, rather than as a juvenile. Judge Thompson scheduled the next court appearance date for September 5th, giving the defense more time to read the reports in the case before entering a plea.

The case stems from the death of 13-year-old Galazia Niehaus, Sierra’s sister. The Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing at about 1:45 in the morning on Friday, August 1st. When officers arrived at the scene in Northwest Saline County they found the body of Galazia, who had been stabbed to death.

Sierra and Glazia Niehaus were both students in the Ell-Saline school district. 

After the proceeding Tuesday morning Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell told KSAL News that she has not reached a decision yet, but that she is exploring the possibility of requesting authorization to prosecute Sierra as an adult.

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