Duchesne High student charged in stabbing on school grounds

Posted at 4:13 PM, May 15, 2014

DUCHESNE, Utah — An 18-year-old Duchesne High School has been formally charged in connection with a stabbing on school property Wednesday morning.

Leland Patrick King, 18, faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault on a school premises and a class B misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon on school premises.

According to a probable cause statement, King and a 17-year-old student, who was not identified, were involved in a fistfight during PE class on the football field at the school.

The teacher and some other students were able to break up the fight and both King and the other student involved in the fight were told to report to the office, the statement said.

A witness said King went into a locker room in the “Old Gym” at the school and the other student in the fight went in after him.

Seconds later, the 17-year-old came out of the locker room, saying he was stabbed, the statement said.

A sergeant with the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office administered first aid to the victim. According to the probable cause statement, the sergeant said victim had what appeared to be stab wounds in his back and on his right arm.

A witness said King exited the locker room and dropped a knife, then picked it up and walked toward the north parking lot.

“Another witness stated [King] got into his car and tried to leave, when he opened the passenger door and took the keys out of the ignition,” the probable cause statement said.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Uintah Basin Medical Center, where he told police about the fight and stabbing incident. He was then taken by helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital for emergency surgery.