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4 Of 5 Hutchinson Teenagers Plead Not Guilty In Alleged Plot


Four of five teenagers accused of conspiring to carry out a shooting at Hutchison High School have pleaded not guilty in juvenile court.

Three of the suspects denied the charges in court yesterday, while a fourth suspect previously denied the charges in writing.

The fifth suspect is scheduled for a court hearing today.

All five are charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and criminal threat. They were arrested in April after Hutchinson High School officials were alerted to postings on Facebook that threatened a mass murder at the school.

Reno County prosecutors said the state was not ready to schedule the cases for trial because they are waiting for more information from Facebook.