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Competency evaluation ordered for Ely teen

Boy faces attempted murder charge in sibling stabbing

Keith Vandervort
Posted 11/4/20

ELY – A local teen accused of attempted murder in a stabbing incident involving his younger brother near Miner’s Lake has been ordered to undergo a series of evaluations, according to …

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Competency evaluation ordered for Ely teen

Boy faces attempted murder charge in sibling stabbing

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ELY – A local teen accused of attempted murder in a stabbing incident involving his younger brother near Miner’s Lake has been ordered to undergo a series of evaluations, according to Sixth Judicial District Court records filed last week in Virginia.
The suspect, Michael William Happala, 16, was ordered by Judge Michelle M. Anderson to undergo psychiatric, psychological and competency studies, along with a chemical dependency study and a family assessment by St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services.
Prosecutors are seeking to charge the teen as an adult.
According to charging documents, a 13-year-old boy was rescued by a hiker on Oct. 8 near the Trezona Trail after he was stabbed multiple times. Law enforcement officials reported the juvenile allegedly said his older brother “tried to kill him.”
Medical records indicated the boy was stabbed at least 13 times: twice in the neck, five times in the leg, two times on the arms, two times in the chest and two times on the hands.
The suspect was arraigned last week and remains in custody at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. The victim was reported to be in stable condition.
The Mesabi Tribune contributed to this report.

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