KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two teenaged boys facing first-degree murder charges made their first court appearance Friday. A judge ruled in an afternoon detention hearing that the 13-year-old and 14-year-old suspects will stay at a secure detention facility until the next hearing.
The young teens are charged in the stabbing death of 43-year-old Tanya Chamberlain of Lee's Summit. Investigators say the boys were spotted on grocery store surveillance video in Lee's Summit Saturday night. A few hours later, an officer tried to pull over one of the suspects, who was driving Chamberlain's car early Sunday morning.
The teens ran from police near the Ashbrooke Apartments, and that's when officers found Chamberlain dead in the passenger seat of her car. Police haven't yet released or confirmed details about a motive or how the teens came into contact with Chamberlain.
The pair made its first court appearances Friday. FOX 4's cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom, but new details were released. Court details revealed the weapon used in the murder was a pocketknife owned by the 13-year-old suspect.
"The defendant was not the one who did the assault that caused the death of this individual," his attorney told the court.
The attorney also mentioned a statement from the 14-year-old suspect that points the blame back to his client.
Each boy had family members, friends, and community representatives there to support them. After the hearing, FOX 4 spoke with the father of the 13-year-old suspect. He said it's hard to give a full statement right now, but when all the evidence comes out, the facts will speak for themselves.
"We'll wait until the facts come out. So that's all I can really say at this point. I'm praying for the victim's family, it was senseless. It was senseless," he said.
The victim's family was also in the courtroom but didn't want to talk with the media. A pre-certification hearing is set for two weeks.