A second juvenile charged in the stabbing death of a Lee’s Summit woman last year will stand trial as an adult, Jackson County prosecutors announced Thursday.
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Trigg, of Lee’s Summit, is charged with first-degree murder, robbery and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of Tanya L. Chamberlain, who died in an early morning attack at a car wash.
Trigg was certified to stand trial as an adult in a court hearing Thursday. Another teen charged in the case, Trevon M. Henry, 15, was certified to stand trial as an adult last month.
Chamberlain, 43, was stabbed to death Nov. 1. The boys, ages 13 and 14 at the time, were charged Nov. 4.
According to Lee’s Summit police, Chamberlain was at a car wash in the early morning when two people approached her. The two people entered Chamberlain’s car with her, police said, and soon drove off.
An officer then attempted to stop the driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
The vehicle went over a curb and into a grassy common area of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Southeast Second Street. After briefly chasing two people who fled from the vehicle, the officer returned and found Chamberlain dead in a passenger seat. Police also found a knife in the car.
At a previous hearing for Henry, it was revealed that Chamberlain was stabbed or cut 49 times, with wounds to her right and left jugular veins causing her death.
According to court records, police identified Trigg and Henry as suspects after looking at surveillance video from the car wash and a nearby business.
In an interview with a detective, Trigg allegedly said that Henry planned to stab Chamberlain to take her car and that he saw Henry cut Chamberlain’s throat and stab her multiple times.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000.