Trial set for boys who allegedly stabbed sleeping teen

AMY LISENBE/Nevada Appeal File Photo Francisco Monroy, 15, left, and Adrian Garcia, 14, right, enter the courtroom Jan. 7 for a preliminary hearing. Both are charged with suspicion of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon following a stabbing Dec. 23.

AMY LISENBE/Nevada Appeal File Photo Francisco Monroy, 15, left, and Adrian Garcia, 14, right, enter the courtroom Jan. 7 for a preliminary hearing. Both are charged with suspicion of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon following a stabbing Dec. 23.

A trial is set for March 18 for two teens charged in the stabbing of a sleeping rival on Dec. 23.

Adrian Garcia, 14, and Francisco Monroy, 15, appeared before Judge Todd Russell on Tuesday morning, each entering pleas of not guilty to charges of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Monroy's 16-year-old girlfriend was also arrested on suspicion of principal to attempted murder, obstruction and a probation violation.

She is charged as a juvenile in the case.

Investigators allege she harbored Monroy and Garcia after they entered the home of her 17-year-old neighbor on Hawaii Circle and stabbed him seven times as he slept.

The teen testified in a preliminary hearing that after chasing the two off, he discovered he had been stabbed and woke his mother who drove him to the hospital. A Carson City investigator credited the boy's survival to the heavy blanket the boy was sleeping under.

Officers followed footprints in the snow to a neighboring home, where they contacted the female.

She denied knowing anything about the incident, but while being questioned by an investigator, Garcia and Monroy were discovered hiding under her bed, said Detective Daniel Gonzales.

Testimony indicated that the two boys charged are members of a rival gang to the one with which the victim is affiliated.

Under Nevada law, they are automatically certified as adults because attempted murder is not considered a delinquent act.

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