MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A teen couple accused of plotting to kill the girl's parents faced a Marion County judge Tuesday.
Investigators said Yaquelin Galvez-Don, 13, and her boyfriend, Pedro Solis, 15, planned to kill her parents so they could continue dating, because the two were not allowed to date.
Don was shackled in court after she allegedly suggested she might try to escape, according to another inmate at the juvenile detention facility.
The stakes for both teens were elevated Tuesday. Solis is being bumped to adult court to be prosecuted as an adult.
"Yaquelin Don is in custody. She's in shackles based on my order to the sheriff's office as I was advised this morning by representatives of the Marion County Sheriff's Office that Don had attempted to escape when she was brought over to the courthouse this morning, that is why you were shackled. That is why you will remain shackled every time you appear before me," said Marion County Judge David Eddy.
The hearings did not last long, but it's the first time the parents of both teens were in the same room with them.
Officers said the attempted killing happened last week when victim, Luz Galvez, was lured to her own garage late in the night.
"Sort of frightening. You just really never know what goes on inside an individual's home. You can't judge a book by its cover," said neighbor Cythnie Pinder.
Solis allegedly waited in the garage and cut Galvez's throat, but she did not die. Instead, Galvez's disabled husband convinced Solis to cease the attack and take her to the hospital, authorities said.
The husband told Solis that he could date the girl if he got medical help for Galvez.
The teens were later arrested.
Galvez is recovering.
Don and Solis are both charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of attempted murder in the second degree.