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Gag order issued in case of Fort Worth teen

FORT WORTH -- A state district judge issued a gag order Thursday in the hearing of a Fort Worth teen accused of attacking her mother with a knife last month to steal her car and drive to Canada with three friends.

The teen has been linked to two siblings accused of killing their mother last month in their Roanoke home. A 16-year-old Denton County boy also is accused in the slaying of 43-year-old Susan Bailey.

State District Judge Jean Boyd closed the hearing for the Fort Worth teen Thursday morning on a motion by Fort Worth attorney Raymond Daniel.

Daniel argued Thursday morning that testimony in the hearing could be misconstrued.

Then after the hearing, Boyd issued the order that no one could comment.

The hearing was to determine what actions would be taken by authorities against the 15-year-old who is not being identified because she is a juvenile.

Search warrant affidavits released earlier this month showed that the 15-year-old was involved with the plan of the Roanoke teens.

After her arrest on Sept. 23 in connection with the assault on her mother and confronted about a missing handgun, the 15-year-old girl told authorities that “the plan was in motion.”

Along with the car, the teen had demanded money and a cell phone from her mother, according to the affidavit. The mother wrestled the knife from her 15-year-daughter, Fort Worth police have said.

On Sept. 28, officers found Susan Bailey dead in an upstairs hallway of her home in the 200 block of Oxford Drive in Roanoke. Bailey had been stabbed in the neck, and her car was missing.

Roanoke police had gone to the home after being contacted by Yankton, S.D., police that they had stopped a car owned by Susan Bailey and arrested her 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer, and her 14-year-old brother, along with Jennifer’s 16-year-old boyfriend.

Jennifer Bailey remained in the Denton County Jail Thursday with no bail. The boys are in custody at a Denton County juvenile facility. Denton County prosecutors are seeking to try the 16-year-old as an adult in the slaying. All three face capital murder charges.

Roanoke police said that Susan Bailey had been upset with her daughter because she had asked Jennifer Bailey to stop seeing her boyfriend, and she hadn’t.

The 15-year-old had attended Northwest High School in far north Fort Worth with Jennifer Bailey’s boyfriend, police said.

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