COLVILLE, WA (KXLY/CNN) - The trial of an 11-year-old elementary school boy accused of plotting to kill a classmate started Thursday.
It was an eerie day in court as young kids were talking about alleged murder plots. Seeing the knife and gun as evidence in court made the case real.
"I was sitting in my seat, and he was right across from me, and he was messing with a knife," one boy said.
The kids' identities can't be revealed, but the court heard first from the boy who turned in the defendant, who has since been declared a hero.
"I didn't tell any students, but I did tell a teacher," he said.
Another witness, a friend, says the defendant was targeting a girl who made fun of him. He also explained when he first heard of the plan - and was offered cash to keep quiet.
Defense attorneys were trying to find inconsistencies in the state's case and how teachers and law enforcement found and documented the knife and gun.
School Counselor Deborah Rogers testified the boy had anger challenges and extreme outbursts.
She claimed when he was caught on Feb. 7, he confessed.
"He said he was going to use the knife to kill (the victim) and that (another boy) was supposed to use the gun to hold off anybody or stop them from interfering with his plan," she said.
A second juvenile defendant in the case pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, juvenile possession of a firearm and witness tampering charges earlier this summer.
A judge sentenced him to three to five years in custody.