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2 STUDENTS CHARGED WITH PLANNING SHOOTING RAMPAGE, RECRUITING GUNMAN

Two teen-agers were charged Thursday with planning a high school shooting as part of a satanic killing crusade, allegedly convincing the gunman that "murder was a viable means of accomplishing the purposes and goals of the shared belief system."

Grant Boyette, 18, and Justin Sledge, 16, were originally charged with murder conspiracy. The indictments charge each with two counts of accessory before the fact of murder, a crime punishable by life in prison.

The new charges came two days after prosecutors described Boyette as the ringleader of a group known as the "Kroth" which sought to destroy its enemies and practiced satanic worship.

For months, the small group of teens allegedly plotted an elaborate plan to raid Pearl High School, and they chose member Luke Woodham as an assassin.

Woodham, 16, is charged with three counts of murder in the stabbing death of his mother at their home on Oct. 1, followed by gunning down his former girlfriend and another student at school. He also allegedly wounded another seven people. Woodham is being held without bail.

Four other teens also have been charged last week with murder conspiracy and face up to 20 years if convicted.

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