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DA: J.H. Rose High Surveillance Video Shows Student Stabbing Student

The Greenville teenager charged with attempted murder after authorities say he stabbed another student at J.H. Rose wants out of jail. The D.A. told the judge he's a danger to the public and should remain in custody until his next court date, but Spell's bond was lowered from $525,000 to $175,000 with electronic monitoring if he is released.

17-year-old Johnavan Spell is charged with stabbing 15-year-old Daekwon Daniels in the neck with a 12-inch butcher knife. Spell's family said in court their son is a loner and doesn't bother anyone.

District Attorney Kimberly Robb said when police talked with Spell, he told them he had been jumped on Friday by Daniels and other boys and planned to kill them. Surveillance video of the stabbing was played for the judge in court. In it, Robb says Spell put on gloves, looked for Daniels in the hallway, then came up behind him and stabbed him.


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Bond was lowered for the student who police say stabbed a classmate at J.H. Rose High School on Monday.

Johnavan Spell is charged with attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

The 17-year-old had been held on a $525,000 bond, but that was lowered to $175,000 if he agrees to electronic monitoring.

A warrant says Daekwon Daniels was stabbed in the attack. It says the weapon was a "butcher knife with approximately 12 inch blade stainless steel blade, black handle".

Spell was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Monday morning's stabbing at J.H. Rose. The next day he was re-arrested on an attempted first degree murder charge.

At last check Spell was still in jail.


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A judge this morning refused to address bond for a high school student who is accused of stabbing a classmate with a butcher knife.

For the second time this week, Johnavan Spell made a first court appearance. Yesterday Greenville police increased the charge against Spell to attempted first degree murder and he was placed back in jail.

Spell was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Monday morning's stabbing at J.H. Rose. He was released Tuesday morning on a $25,000 bond and was subject to electronic monitoring.

This morning, Spell asked Judge Gwyn Hilburn why he couldn't be let out again on electronic monitoring. The judge said that would be heard by Judge David Leech tomorrow.

Spell's family told the judge that they plan to hire their own attorney for the case.

He remains in jail on $500,000 bond.


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Greenville police have increased the charges against a high school student who is accused of stabbing a classmate.

Police this afternoon charged Johnavan Spell with attempted first degree murder. He originally had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Monday morning's stabbing at J.H. Rose.

A warrant says Daekwon Daniels was stabbed in the attack. It says the weapon was a "butcher knife with approximately 12 inch blade stainless steel blade, black handle".

Police said the 15-year-old victim was stabbed in the neck and they didn't believe those injuries were life-threatening.

The 17-year-old Spell was jailed on a $500,000 bond.


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WITN News has learned that a 12-inch butcher knife was used in Monday's stabbing at J.H. Rose High School.

Greenville police have charged Johnavan Spell of Greenville with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on education property.

The arrest warrant lists Daekwon Daniels as the victim in the attack. It says the weapon was a "butcher knife with approximately 12 inch blade stainless steel blade, black handle".

Police said the victim was stabbed in the neck and they didn't believe those injuries were life-threatening.

The 17-year-old Spell was released from jail after posting bond. He will also be subject to electronic monitoring.


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A 17-year-old high school student has been charged with stabbing another student at school this morning.

Greenville police have charged Johnavan Spell of Greenville with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on education property. Police say the weapon was a knife.

The school system says the other student was stabbed in the neck before classes began. Police say injuries to the victim do not appear life-threatening.

Police say the attack was a result of a dispute that carried over from this past weekend.

Spell was jailed on a $25,000 bond.

The school system says two student resource officers and other adults were on scene quickly, and other students backed away from the assault.

Classes began as normal at J.H. Rose this morning.


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A high school student was stabbed this morning at a Greenville high school.

Pitt County School spokeswoman Marsha McLawhorn said at 8:20 a.m., just before classes began at JH Rose High School, there was a student fight in the hall between two male students.

McLawhorn said one student was stabbed with a sharp object in the neck and they were transported to Vidant Medical Center. No word on that student's condition.

The spokeswoman says the stabbing was done in apparent retaliation for another dispute that happened over the weekend.

McLawhorn noted two student resource officers and other adults were on scene quickly, and other students backed away from the fight quickly. McLawhorn said Greenville police are investigating the assault. No word yet on the ages or conditions of the students involved.

Classes were not interrupted.


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