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16-year-old Bremerton girl charged with murder in stabbing death of another 16-year-old

The 16-year-old suspect told police she acted in "self-defense" when she allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times during a fight in Bremerton on Saturday.

BREMERTON, Wash. — A 16-year-old girl has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and killing another 16-year-old girl in Bremerton on Saturday.

Officials with the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office said the suspect, identified as Lola Luna, pleaded not guilty Monday to the charge of second degree murder. She will be tried as an adult, officials said. 

According to court documents, Luna told police she acted in "self-defense," when she allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times. Luna said she had a dispute with the victim a few weeks back, but thought they had worked it out until she got a Snapchat message from the victim on Friday saying she wanted to fight. 

The victim, whose identity was withheld in court documents, also allegedly told Luna on Saturday around noon that she was going to come to her house to beat her up, court documents said. 

The victim's friends drove her to Luna's house on Saturday and stayed in the car while the victim went to confront Luna. Court documents said that the victim's friends told police she had been prepared for a fistfight. 

Luna told police she came outside and had a pocket knife concealed behind her back. Court documents stated that Luna told police the victim threw the first punch, and then she "lost it" and started stabbing the victim.

The victim was driven by her friends to the ER at St. Michael's Medical Center in Bremerton just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, police said in a statement. 

She was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but did not survive, police said. 

The victim was also a new mother, and her five-month old daughter was in the backseat of her friend's car during the incident. The child was not harmed. 

During the course of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for Luna's residence in the 3300 block of Solie Avenue in east Bremerton. Detectives, with the help of a K-9 officer, were able to locate the alleged murder weapon in the yard by a tree, court documents said. 

Luna was later booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center. Her bail has been set at $100,000. If she makes bail, she will be ordered to stay with her mother and she cannot leave the state, officials said Monday.

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