FARMINGTON — A district judge on Monday decided not to release a former Farmington High School student who is accused of stabbing another student.

Samuel Hinds, 17, has been held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center since his arrest on Sept. 14, 2011.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and concealing identification.

Police said Hinds allegedly stabbed the other student during school. Both were in the gym when Hinds allegedly stabbed the student twice in the neck with a knife.

The injured teen survived.

None of the court documents in the case points to a motive for the stabbing.

Hinds' attorney, Michael Calligan, asked District Judge William Birdsall to release Hinds to a Christian boarding school in Arizona while he awaits trial.

Calligan said in a motion that Hinds was accepted into the New Horizon Christian Academy and has asked to be transferred to the facility in Flagstaff.

"He's been in jail for probably the same amount of time he would have been sentenced to," Calligan said, according to court documents.

Birdsall denied the request.

He said he wouldn't send Hinds out of state before he has faced his charges.

Hinds is scheduled to go to trial in January.

Hinds has been at the juvenile detention center longer than any other youth currently at the facility, said Traci Neff, the administrator of juvenile service.


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His detention is different than most of the other youth because Hinds has not been convicted, which would give the state custody of him. Because the state doesn't have custody, he can't participate in extensive therapies available to the other inmates, Neff said.

"He's sitting in limbo," she said.

Hinds is allowed to go to school for two hours a day, according to court documents.

Neff said she was not opposed to him being released prior to trial.

"He's well behaved, he follows all the rules and he hasn't been in any fights," she said.

But Neff said she respected the court's decision and will continue to work with Hinds until the case is resolved.

"We'll keep working with him as best as we can and hope the court reaches a solution that's fair to (Hinds) and fair to the community," she said.