- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A Lisco teen accused of helping to plan a fatal attack on a western Nebraska jail guard has been scheduled for trial.

Guy Eagle Elk, 16, appeared Friday in Scotts Bluff County District court for arraignment on a charge of aiding and abetting first-degree assault, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/PDBTGZ ). A judge set his trial for early July.

Eagle Elk is charged with aiding and abetting in the Feb. 14 slaying of Amanda Baker. Another teen, Dylan Cardeilhac, 15, of Torrington, Wyo., is charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities say security video showed Cardeilhac luring Baker, 24, into his cell, pouncing on her and strangling her from behind after they fell to the floor.

State investigators have said Eagle Elk told Cardeilhac that he should choke a guard to steal jail keys in an effort to escape and that Eagle Elk labeled Baker as the most vulnerable guard. Authorities say Eagle Elk and Cardeilhac discussed different ways to bait Baker into entering the cell, including reporting that there was a mouse or rat in the cell.



One Nebraska State Patrol investigator testified in a court affidavit that Eagle Elk said he had advised Cardeilhac to choke Baker for 25 to 30 seconds in order to disable her. Security video shows the attack lasted 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Both boys are charged as adults.

Cardeilhac’s preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charge is scheduled for Monday.

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Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com

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