- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

VERNON HILLS, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old suburban Chicago girl on Friday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 11-year-old half-sister, telling a judge she understood the legal proceedings against her.

A defense attorney entered the plea on her behalf in a Vernon Hills juvenile court. Asked by Judge Valerie Ceckowski if she understood the accusations and that there could be a trial, the girl responded, “Yes.”

The Associated Press typically doesn’t publish the names of defendants charged in juvenile court. It is not naming the victim in this case because doing so would identify the defendant.

Prosecutors allege the teen stabbed her sibling more than 30 times on Jan. 21 at a Mundelein home. They say she later told investigators that the younger girl didn’t appreciate all she had done for her, including chores.

Prosecutors still could choose to try the girl in adult court, where potential sentences after a conviction would be much stiffer.

Defense attorney Michael J. Conway said he hopes the case will stay in juvenile court and that he wants a psychologist to examine his 14-year-old client.

A status hearing in the case is set for Feb. 14.

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