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Teen's resolutions: tasting human flesh, killingPosted at 11:53 a.m. August 6

Teen's resolutions: tasting human flesh, killingPosted at 11:53 a.m. August 6


GREAT FALLS (AP) - A teenager accused of running down a female jogger in May in hopes of having sex with her corpse drafted a macabre list of "resolutions" more than a year earlier that included a desire to "taste human flesh" and shoot someone on a camping trip, court documents reveal.

School officials were alerted to Daniel Robbins' list at the time and met several times with his parents, but the boy had no other problems in schools, a police officer testified Tuesday.

The list of New Year's resolutions Robbins assembled as part of a typing class assignment was introduced in evidence Tuesday at a hearing to determine whether the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult for the May 27 attack that injured Patty Emanuel, 40.

Police say Robbins admitted in a videotaped interview with investigators that he picked Emanuel at random and deliberately hit her with his sports utility vehicle. Investigators said he told a friend who was with him that he planned to have sex with the body, and repeated those statements to police during an interview a short time later.

Emanuel suffered six broken vertebrae, four fractures to her pelvis, a collapsed lung, three broken ribs, a broken nose and one broken tooth. She spent a month in hospital.

Robbins was arrested the day of the attack after his terrified companion told his mother what happened. The companion was not charged.

The police officer assigned to Russell High School, Daralee Murphy, testified Tuesday that school officials met with Robbins and his parents several times after his teacher alerted them to the boy's "resolutions."

In addition to tasting human flesh and shooting someone on a camping trip, Robbins listed among his goals: "Get a driver's license so I can do those horrible things people like to read about in the paper."

The list was produced Jan. 6, 2002, when Robbins was 15.

Murphy said except for the list, Robbins had no history of problems at the school and had no criminal history. A blood test taken the day after Emanuel was struck revealed no drugs in his system, Murphy said.

Robbins remains in custody at a juvenile detention center, where officials say he has had no behavior problems.

At Tuesday's hearing, the police officer who interviewed Robbins after his arrest said Robbins showed no remorse when he detailed the attack on Emanuel.

Officer Doug Mahlum said Robbins was "definitely reliving the moment" as he told police what he had done.

Robbins' parents, Merritt and Alice Robbins, have hired Missoula psychiatrist William Stratford to evaluate their son and testify on his behalf.

District Judge Kenneth Neill did not rule immediately whether Robbins would be tried as an adult. Neill gave attorneys a week to submit additional information.

If convicted as an adult, Robbins could get as much as life in prison. If convicted as a juvenile, he could be held only until age 18, then would be on probation until he's 21.

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