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, originally were 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" that 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 Oct. 1 stabbing death of his mother at their home, 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 were charged last week with murder conspiracy and face up to 20 years if convicted.