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W. Mich. teen accused in stabbing makes first court appearance
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan teen, accused of stabbing a classmate, made his first appearance in court Friday.
Samuel Robert King, 17, of Ada Township, has been charged for allegedly stabbing a 15-year-old boy multiple times during a fight Wednesday night.
That boy, who we're not identifying because he's a minor, is in serious condition after undergoing surgery.
Sources tell us that it was bullying that brought King and the victim together, and court documents we obtained show the two planned the confrontation.
Sources tell Newschannel 3 that Sam King was taunting the 15-year old victim prior to the stabbing.
Court records show the former classmates at Forest Hills Northern High School spoke several times on the phone, setting up a meeting.
We're told on Wednesday, the victim and a group of friends showed up to confront King at his family's home in Ada Township.
Documents say there was a fight and King used a 4-inch folding knife to stab the victim multiple times.
One of them went three inches into his abdomen.
The victim and friends left the scene and stopped several blocks away to call 9-1-1.
Friday, King was arraigned on one assault and two weapons charges.
At 17, he already has a long criminal history, including a recent stalking conviction.
There was also a charge for allegedly assaulting his father, Bob King, pastor of Ada Bible Church.
Pastor King had no interest in appearing before our cameras today. We reached out to him - but he didn't want to comment.
King was given a $475,000 cash assured bond.
He'll be back in court October 16th.