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Two Teenagers Charged in West Richland Double Murder

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--According to charging documents, 16-year-old Joshua Tucker, is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder. The document also states that Tucker told 15-year-old Donald Schalchlin that he was going to kill his family. Donald didn't believe him.

The document also says that Tucker grabbed a knife from the kitchen and started stabbing Donald's 13-year-old sister, Elizabeth in the neck. She died soon after. Then, Tucker and Schalchlin tried to hide Elizabeth's body behind a wall partition. That's when Donald's mother, Ellen Schalchlin, came out of her bedroom looking for Elizabeth.

At this point, Tucker allegedly started stabbing Ellen repeatedly in the torso. She died on the way to Kadlec Medical Center. Tucker and Schalchlin appeared in Benton-Franklin Juvenile Court on Thursday.

"Mr. Tucker, because of the charge today," mentions Benton County Prosecutor, Andy Miller. He's going to be filed directly into adult court. He appeared in (Benton-Franklin) Juvenile Court yesterday (Thursday), but when a 16-year-old is charged with first-degree or second-degree murder, that's an automatic transfer to adult court."

Charges were also filed against 15-year-old Donald Schalchlin. He is charged with rendering criminal assistance in the first-degree. Miller says evidence shows Donald assisted Tucker in attempting to conceal the crime. Schalchlin is scheduled for a hearing on Friday, January 4th to determine if he will also be tried as an adult.