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January 24, 2013

Teen’s case in death plot is waived to Grand Jury

Young faces 2 counts of attempted murder

Somerset —  

A teenager accused of trying to kill his friend’s parents in their home will see his case go before a grand jury. 
Pulaski County District Judge Jeffrey Scott Lawless, presid-ing over the preliminary hearing for Paul Scott Young, 18, ruled that enough evidence had been presented by prosecutors Wednesday to send Young’s case to a grand jury for a possible indictment.
Young, who is charged with two counts of attempted murder, was arrested in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 16, after he allegedly attempted to stab a 17-year-old friend’s parents in their bedroom. 
He has pleaded not guilty to those charges. 
Det. Scott Trotter, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, took the stand Wednesday and gave some details of the incident that left Edwin D. Phelps, 43, suffering from several knife wounds. 
Police said the Phelps’ 17-year-old son, who has not been named, let Young into the home after Edwin and his wife Laura E. Phelps, 44, had already gone to bed. 
Trotter said Young indicated that his friend asked him to kill his parents.
“He (Young) told me that the juvenile at the house had asked him to kill his parents, and he agreed to do so,” Trotter said on Wednesday. 
Trotter said Young “lost his nerve” one time — returning to the 17-year-old son’s bedroom in the family’s basement —after he learned the couple’s bedroom door was locked. Trotter said Young told him that his friend again asked him to go back and kill his parents, and Young turned around and went back upstairs to the bedroom.
Trotter said statements given by both Edwin and Laura Phelps suggest that Young broke into the couple’s bedroom and “leaped across the bed toward (Edwin),” who was in the bathroom when Young entered the room. Trotter said Edwin told investigators he heard his wife scream before he entered the bedroom and he saw Young. Young had to move over the bed and over Laura Phelps when he allegedly attacked Edwin Phelps.

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