Tried As Adult: Teen Charged With Asking Friend To Kill Her Father

A judge says a Maryland teen charged with asking a friend to kill her father will be tried as an adult.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone ruled Thursday that Danielle Black's case would stay in adult court. He says it was a close call.

The 15-year-old faces one count of solicitation of first-degree murder stemming from the fatal Halloween stabbing of her father, 47-year-old Billy Lee Black.

Prosecutors say Danielle asked a friend on a school bus to kill her father because he was physically abusing her. She contends she only wanted her father roughed up, not killed.

A different friend, 20-year-old Alec Eger, is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Danielle's attorney says she will plead not guilty.

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