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Three teens charged in stabbing



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November 10, 2010
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Three teens were arraigned on open murder charges Sunday at the St. Clair County Jail following Friday's double stabbing in the city of Yale.

Tia Skinner, 17 and two 18 year-olds, James Preston and Jonathan Kurtz, of Avoca now face one count each of open murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to committ muder as it relates to the early Friday morning attack that left Skinner's father, Paul, dead and her mother, Mara, seriously injured.

Bond for all three defendants was denied. They'll appear in court on Nov. 23.

Members of the Preston and Skinner families were present for the arraignment that was broadcast via closed circuit tv to a lobby in the jail.

Mara Skinner's brother read a prepared statement thanking the community for their support.

"Our love and prayers are with Tia. Our hope is that she is innocent of all charges," Marcel Borja said.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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