German schoolboys announced stabbing murders

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15 January 2007, Schwerin, Germany (dpa) - Two 17-year-old German school pupils who stabbed a village couple to death had announced the slaying in advance, a prosecutor said, as police reconstructed the gruesome Saturday night attack. The youths were in custody Sunday after they bound, gagged and abducted a 15-year-old girl acquaintance, stole the couple's car and crashed it in a field. During a one-hour standoff with armed police, they held the girl at knifepoint before surrendering. She was unhurt. In a

 15 January 2007

Schwerin, Germany (dpa) - Two 17-year-old German school pupils who stabbed a village couple to death had announced the slaying in advance, a prosecutor said, as police reconstructed the gruesome Saturday night attack.

The youths were in custody Sunday after they bound, gagged and abducted a 15-year-old girl acquaintance, stole the couple's car and crashed it in a field. During a one-hour standoff with armed police, they held the girl at knifepoint before surrendering. She was unhurt.

In a hallmark of senseless teenage violence, the youths had told a witness they would go out and kill someone, a prosecutor in Schwerin, near the scene of the crime, said. Why they chose the couple as victims, other than the need for a car, was unclear.

The man, 46, was knifed as he opened the door, and his wife, 41, stabbed soon after in the village of Tessin. The couple's 16-year-old son, who had locked himself in a room during the home invasion, called the police.

Prosecutors, who applied for the high-school students' continued detention on charges of murder, abduction and theft, said neither suspect had made any statement yet.

The killing of the couple shook the closely knit community of Tessin, population 400, in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, a sparsely populated north-east state of Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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