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Teen girl involved in Hazel Abel kidnapping appears in Juvenile Court, sets trial date

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UPDATE FEBRUARY 27TH:

KENNEWICK, WA- Katelyn Kenfield, the 15-year-old girl involved in the kidnapping of 86-year-old Hazel Abel, made another appearance in juvenile court Wednesday afternoon.

Kenfield appeared in front of Judge Schneider as her defense team argued to push her trial out to a later date, so that witnesses traveling from Oregon would be able to testify.

Deric Orr, one of the attorney's, says they are looking for funds to get an extra witness in the case. However, it still is not clear if the other teens involved will testify in each others cases.

Kenfield is scheduled to be in court again in a few weeks, her trial is set for March 7th, 2016.

She pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and first degree burglary.

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UPDATE JANUARY 8TH:

KENNEWICK, WA- Details are unraveling in court in the case of Katlyn Kenfield.

15-year-old Billy Underwood and 16-year-old Dyllan Martin along with Underwood's girlfriend Katelyn Kenfield allegedly kidnapped 86-year-old Hazel Abel from her Kennewick home.

Investigators say they drove over 200 miles into Multnolmah County. Abel freed herself from the trunk of her own car in a Walmart parking lot. 

On Thursday, the court decided Kenfield will not be tried as an adult and her defense team is gearing up for trial.

"Everyone's like typical defense attorney's minimizing what she's involved in. Saying, that she's just little girl in love but that's really what this feels like. There's more, there's a violence level to it, there is a fear and it's really kind of warped her perception," explained Deric Orr, Kenfield's attorney.

Orr tells NBC Right Now Kenfield ran away from home days before the crime. However, probation officers in juvenile detention and Kenfield's own interviews lead her defense team to believe she was in an abusive relationship, "A lot of people came to us even after we talked with her and said we're pretty clear there's a really abusive relationship going on here between her and Mr. Underwood," said Orr.

"Billy wasn't gonna let her leave, she was wrapped up and she had done a dumb thing and ran away from home. Once this started to get going, Bill said, 'You know too much, you can't leave'," Orr explained.

Kenfield pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and first degree burglary in juvenile court this week. "We have photographs of her, she was bruised and marked up when she was picked up in Multnolmah County. Classic grabbing marks," Orr described.

While Kenfield's attorney's gear up for trial at the beginning of February, they say the frustrating part for them, is that she still sees Underwood. As they are both held in juvenile detention, even though Underwood will be tried as an adult. "I know that she still bumps into him. It is my understanding she has asked to be put in holding which is effectively solitary," explained Orr.

From here, the defense needs to find out what Kenfield's cooperation will be in the boys cases, and how her family wants to move forward.

Dyllan Martin is set to appear in court again on Monday, and Billy Underwood will be back in court on January 28th.

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WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. – Court documents reveal new details about three teenagers accused of kidnapping an 86-year-old woman from her Kennewick home. 

The elderly woman was kidnapped by her great-grandson, 16-year-old Dylan Martin, 15-year-old Billy Joseph Underwood and a 14-year-old girl. She escaped from a car trunk at a Walmart parking lot in Wood Village early Tuesday morning, court documents said.

The woman, identified as Hazel Abel, told deputies she was taken from her home by three people she didn't know and placed in the trunk of her car.

According to court documents, on Nov. 2, Abel answered her door and someone threw dirt in her face. The person pushed her to the ground, covered her eyes and mouth and told her to be quiet. Eventually, Abel was led to her car in the garage. The person then picked her up, put her in the trunk and closed her inside.

Abel was in the trunk while the teens drove for several hours, documents said. She got out after the car was parked at the Walmart. Abel untied her hands and pulled a cord that opened the trunk from the inside. She flagged down a Walmart employee and reported the kidnapping.

The employee called 911 just after 1 a.m. when Abel came into the Walmart and said she had been kidnapped from her home in Kennewick according to Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Abel gave deputies a description of the suspects. At 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 3, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office detective spotted three people near an Arco gas station in Wood Village that matched the descriptions of the suspects, Alexander said. The teens were taken into custody.

According to court records, a 14-year-old girl who was with Martin and her boyfriend, Underwood, told investigators that she was running away to Portland with the boys. Martin wanted to use his great-grandmother's car to get there. The girl mentioned that while driving to Portland, the three teens stopped in Hood River to get gas, and she listened to Abel to make sure she was still breathing in the trunk.

The teens stopped at Walmart to buy toiletries and saw Abel standing with an employee when they came out of the store, so they ran away.

Underwood told detectives that he and Martin discussed letting Abel go "three miles into a canyon because she wouldn't be able to get out," court documents said. They also talked about knocking her unconscious and leaving her at a truck stop.

Martin, meanwhile, told detectives he planned on knocking his great-grandmother unconscious, killing her and burning her car with the body in the trunk, documents said.

Martin and Underwood appeared in court on Wednesday. They were charged as adults. They face charges including kidnapping, robbery and reckless endangerment.

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PREVIOUS - The 14-year-old girl and two boys ages 15 and 16 are sitting in a juvenile detention center in Multnomah County Wednesday night. Police in Wood Village, Oregon caught the 3 teens at an Arco Gas Station, which is about a one minute drive from the Walmart the 86-year-old victim escaped at.

Wednesday afternoon we talked with the sister and mother of the 15-year-old suspect and they asked for their identity to be disguised, the mother told us, "he really couldn't tell me a whole lot, he just told me how they were caught and you know my first question was what were you thinking. And he said, I don't know. And when I go down to visit him he will give me more information". 

The Lieutenant Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said, "It's a surprising story to have occur, she didn't know where she was when she got out". 

The suspect's mother tells me the 14-year-old girl is her son's girlfriend and says she called the police after the 16-year-old suspect ran away from home and hid inside their house just last week.

The Multnomah County DA's Office told us these suspects are slated to appear in front of a grand jury next Tuesday and the 15 year old suspect's mother told me her son appeared in county court Wednesday. 

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PREVIOUS - Tuesday morning we went to Hazel Abel's home and talked with a neighbor. The neighbor told us he takes care of her yard for her and noticed something was wrong when her garage was open Tuesday morning and her porch light was off. 

He told us she never leaves her house unless it is to go to the grocery store and the hair salon. 

Later Tuesday afternoon we went back to the neighborhood and there was a family member there. The family member did not know where Abel was and was wondering if she was coming home today. 

As of Tuesday night Abel had not returned home. 

The current charges that the three juveniles are being held on are: Kidnapping 1st, Unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Reckless endangerment. 

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PREVIOUS - The Benton County Sheriff's Office says they got a call from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon around 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, telling them that an 86-year-old woman had been kidnapped from her Kennewick home.

Multnomah County deputies arrested three teens ages 14. 15 and 16 for the kidnapping.

86-year-old Hazel Abel reported she had been kidnapped from her Kennewick home on the 5300 block of W. Skagit Ave. late Monday evening.

She told officers the teens put her in the trunk of her own car and drove her to Oregon. When they got to Wood Village the teenagers stopped and went into a store. While they were inside deputies say Abel was able to unlock her trunk from the inside, get out and run for help.

Deputies are holding the teens on suspicion of kidnapping. Benton County Detective Sergeant Kevin McCary went to Portland today to question the three teens. 

Medics cleared Abel to go back home.

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