18 year-old Monica Knight of Halifax and her lawyer are due in Plymouth District Court today looking to use a new state juvenile offender law, to claim that she should not be tried as an adult, and will ask the judge to have her case dismissed.
Knight faces a variety of charges in connection with a motor vehicle accident in 2012, when she was sixteen years old, that injured three of her friends. One of the three, Eva Lipton of Plympton, remains in a coma. Knight was a junior at Silver Lake Regional High School when the BMW she was driving crashed head-on into a school bus on March 30, 2012.
According to Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Russ Eonas, Knight and her previous attorney filed the motion to dismiss last month, two months after the governor signed the bill into law. The revision increases the “juvenile jurisdiction” age from 17 to 18, but still allows juveniles to be charged as adults.
Among the charges Knight faces are reckless driving, driving as a junior operator with passengers under 18, failure to wear a seat belt, and possession of a Class B substance, amphet salts.
Her trial is scheduled to start on January 13th.
Knight is now being held, for the third time, at the state women’s prison in Framingham, after she failed a number of random drug tests.