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Charges lowered against two teens originally accused of trying to kill classmate

Charges have been lowered against two high school seniors originally accused of kidnapping, then trying to kill a classmate.

Instead of attempted murder and kidnapping, Ashley Sams and Corinne Schwab are now charged with fourth degree assault and menacing.

A Jackson County judge then sent the case onto the grand jury during Thursday's preliminary hearing.

There was a large crowd on hand for the hearing.

About three dozen or so Jackson County High School students decided to skip school Thursday to come to the courthouse.

Most of the students say there were there to support both Cheyenne Williams and the two teens charged in the case.

Williams and her family said on April 16, Sams and Schwab kidnapped her, then tried to push her over a cliff.

Attorneys for Sams and Schwab say it was a staged performance, and Williams was a willing participant.

Williams testified during Thursday's hearing.

The Williams family says it was a hate crime, because she is openly gay. Despite today's developments, the Kentucky Equality Federation also maintains its position that this was a hate crime.

A third teenager was arrested and charged in connection with this case, but because she is 17, her identity is not being released.


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