Tried as an adult?
Two siblings had been arguing all day before, police say, the 14-year-old girl stabbed her 16-year-old brother to death Sunday.
The girl, whose name has not been released because of status as a minor, allegedly attacked her brother, Ti’Kere Martin, early Sunday morning, according to High Point police.
The sister, who faces murder charges, allegedly stabbed Martin in the upper chest, hitting an artery under the collarbone, said police Capt. Tim Ellenberger.
“We have been given different reasons as to why it happened, but nothing we can pin down at this time,” said Ellenberger.
Police responded to a unit in the Brentwood Crossing apartment complex on Brentwood Street just before 1 a.m. in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon call.
The girl, who was charged with first-degree murder, is believed to have been arguing with Martin before she went and got a knife.
“We are comfortable charging her with that,” Ellenberger said.
Martin was taken to High Point Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
High Point police communications took the initial 911 call from the apartment but, when the caller, a female, asked for an ambulance, she was transferred to Guilford Metro 911.
The High Point Enterprise on Monday obtained the portion of the audio from the call that High Point police have, but Guilford Metro 911, a component of the city of Greensboro, was unable to provide the full recording because its administrative offices were closed for Veterans Day.
The city recording is a female High Point dispatcher talking to a male Guilford Metro 911 operator, who is relaying information from the 911 caller about the scene that she is forwarding to police and fire first responders.
On the recording, the Greensboro dispatcher says the victim is a “16-year-old, unconscious, not breathing.”
High Point dispatcher: “Do we know who stabbed him? Do we know if the suspect’s still there?”
Greensboro dispatcher: “I think it’s going to be a family member as the suspect is what it sounded like. ... Stabbed in the neck. The sister’s a suspect, it sounds like.”
High Point dispatcher: “She still got the knife?”
Greensboro dispatcher: “We’re trying to find out now. ... She is not armed right now,” he said, explaining that he was trying to help the 911 caller get the victim’s bleeding under control.
“She’s trying to do patient care. Sounds like we’re heading toward CPR instructions. She’s trying to get him on the floor now,” he said.
The High Point dispatcher asked whether the suspect was fighting or trying to get away.
“And she had a knife that she stabbed him with?” she asked.
“Stabbed him in the neck, yeah. ... Suspect is not fighting. We’re about to start CPR,” the Greensboro dispatcher said.
The charge against the girl indicates that authorities believe the killing was carried out with premeditation and deliberation.
Assistant District Attorney Walt Jones, the top prosecutor in High Point, said he expects to meet with detectives and other parties involved later this week to decide whether to keep the case in the juvenile court system or prosecute the girl as an adult.
“We’re going to get all the evidence we have. We’re going to evaluate it to see whether first-degree murder is the appropriate charge,” said Jones. “Generally, we’ll look at all aspects of the crime, as well as the juvenile’s background and the wishes and desires of the family in making a decision about whether or not we’ll be seeking to bind the case over to adult court.”