Judge: Teen charged with attempted murder won't be released

 By Austin L. Miller
Staff writer

A 14-year-old girl charged Tuesday with attempted murder after being accused of stabbing a 17-year-old girl several times with a knife made her first court appearance Wednesday morning.
In a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, Judge David B. Eddy told the teenager and her mother, who stood by her side at the podium inside the Marion County Judicial Center, he was not going to release her.
Eddy ordered that the teen be detained in the juvenile facility until her next court date due to the severity of the crime.
A public defender was assigned to the girl's case.
The mother blew a kiss at her daughter as a bailiff escorted the teen, dressed in a brown top and red and white jail outfit, away from the courtroom.
Outside of the courtroom, the mother and another woman with her both declined to comment.
Ocala police say the 17-year-old victim was stabbed five times — in the back, arm and abdomen — after a confrontation between her and the younger teen.
The 14-year-old, with her mother and grandmother, had gone to the parking lot of the Walgreens store at 3529 E. State Road 40 to pick up another girl. There, the mother told officials, the girl they went to pick up called out to her daughter. She said when her daughter got out of their vehicle, she was approached by the victim and they got into a fight.
The 14-year-old told a detective she felt threatened and took a knife from her back pocket. She said her mother was between her and the older teen, and that when she swung around her mother, the knife was open in her hand.
The injured teen was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center and then to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she remained Wednesday in stable condition.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118
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