Teen suspect in Mountain Vista High School murder plot appears in court

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Brooke Higgins (Photo: Higgins family)

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — One of the two 16-year-old girls accused of a murder plot at Mountain Vista High School appeared in Douglas County court on Thursday morning.

The hearing for Brooke Higgins, who appeared shackled at the wrists and ankles, was to go over a mental health evaluation, but the judge did not have time to read it and it was not addressed.

New attorneys for Higgins asked for their client to be unshackled because she’s a juvenile.

Higgins and alleged co-conspirator Sienna Johnson are being charged as adults on two felony counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Both are being held on a $1 million bond. A bond hearing was set for Jan. 29 for Higgins.

Prosecutors said Johnson made detailed maps of the school, including specific locations of deputies who were assigned to protect the campus.

In court last week, prosecutors said Higgins searched online to see if underage children could buy guns and if the could purchase firearms at a gun show.

Higgins also wrote in her journal that she wished she could have done the Columbine attack and that she searched about previous female gunmen, prosecutors said.

The plan was foiled in December after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off to the threat that led to the arrests.

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