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Student accused of killing principal may not go to trial

Marmolejo was in court for less than 60 seconds Monday to tell the judge he may not go to trial after all. Marmolejo was in court for less than 60 seconds Monday to tell the judge he may not go to trial after all.
Mental evaluations found Marmolejo both sane and competent to stand trial. Though his defense attorney says he remains concerned. Mental evaluations found Marmolejo both sane and competent to stand trial. Though his defense attorney says he remains concerned.

(WMC-TV) - Police say Eduardo Marmolejo hatched a plan to kill his teacher in May, and then carried out his plan at the start of the next school year. That was two years ago, and now a plea deal is in the works.

Marmolejo was in court for less than 60 seconds Monday to tell the judge he may not go to trial after all.

"Discussions are still going on," said Defense Attorney Leslie Ballin.

Marmolejo is charged with first degree murder. Police say Marmolejo stabbed his teacher and the principal, Suzette York, to death at Memphis Junior Academy on August 11, 2011

Mental evaluations found Marmolejo both sane and competent to stand trial. Though his defense attorney says he remains concerned.

"I have been concerned from the very beginning about his ability to understand, stay focused, as to what is said in the court, especially during long court days," said Ballin.

Ballin told judge Mark Ward he will know within two weeks whether Marmolejo will accept a plea deal.

"There very well may be some progress. I know what we've discussed with regard to this case and what the options are," said prosecutor Reggie Henderson.

State prosecutor Reggie Henderson declined to disclose details of the proposed plea deal, and says he does not know what to expect.

"We're certainly prepared for a trial. Mr. Ballin, I know, knows what the options are. If it comes to that we're more than ready to have a trial," said Henderson.

Expect some sort of announcement on August 19. If Marmolejo doesn't accept the deal, the judge will set the case for trial at that time.

"Both sides are talking about a disposition other than trial. Whether or not that's going to happen, there are too many variables, too many uncertainties at this point for me to tell you what's going to happen," said Ballin.

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