TODAY   |  April 01, 2013

Boys, 10 and 11, arrested for classmate murder plot

Two students in Washington state, aged 10 and 11, have been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in an alleged plot to target students. Prosecutors say the boys brought a knife and a semi-automatic handgun to school. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> an alleged murder plot has been uncovered in washington state and it's making news this morning for the age of the accused. two boys, just 10 and 11 years old, now ordered to stand trial. nbc's kristen dahlgren has details on that. kristen, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, matt. the prosecutor said this one really just boggles the mind, court documents included a handwritten note with seven steps to commit mass murder . in washington state if you're under 12 it's presumed you're not capable of committing a crime but in this case the judge ruled these two knew what they were doing and should stand trial. in court, the testimony was chilling.

>> so i asked him if like, you really were going to do this? are you sure? were you really going to kill her, and he said that yes, he was.

>> reporter: two boys just 10 and 11, so young we can't show their faces, accused of bringing a knife and semiautomatic handgun to their elementary school , in a plot to harm seven classmates.

>> accept four, we bolt outside and run toward her and you kill her.

>> reporter: prosecutors say the boys planned to isolate one girl who they told investigators was rude and made fun of them. prosecutors said one boy would hold the gun while the other raped and stabbed her and planned to lure six of her friends toward harm.

>> mind boggling you look at two essentially 10 and 11-year-old kids in their minds they have the life problems that they can't seem to fix any other way than trying to kill people.

>> reporter: according to officials the plan was foiled when a student saw the knife and turned them in to a teacher.

>> and he pulled out the gun and showed me and i was very shocked and i said well, is there anything else, you know, and pulled out the clip and i went, oh.

>> reporter: the 11-year-old did not display any emotion or remor remorse. in the end the judge ruled they knew right from wrong, and should now face the justice system .

>> we don't think of children as being capable of such things but these boys thought about it and they were going to carry this out.

>> reporter: both boys pleaded not guilty their lawyers declined our request for comment, both being held on $1 hub,000 bail, matt, and they will be back in court a week from