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High school stabbing suspect to appear in court

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Feb 11 2013 03:48:01 PM CST
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 12:40:25 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A J.H. Rose High School student, accused of stabbing another student at the school, is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

Johnavan Quaddique Spell, 17, was charged with attempted first-degree murder for the alleged attack on Feb. 11. He was also charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a weapon on education property.

According to arrest warrants, Spell stabbed  15-year-old Daekwon Daniels in the neck, as the victim was leaving the cafeteria of J.H. Rose High School, located on W. Arlington Blvd. Police said the attack happened at about 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 11.

Investigators described the weapon as a butcher knife with a blade about 12 inches long. According to school officials, Spell brought the weapon from home.

Police said the victim was taken to Vidant Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At a previous court appearance, Spell told the judge, "It wasn't my intent to kill him."

Investigators said they believed the attack stemmed from an altercation that began over the weekend. Sgt. Joe Friday, of the Greenville Police Department, said he was told the incident was gang-related.

According to the principal, the stabbing was an isolated incident. Classes went on at J.H. Rose as planned.