Two San Jose teenagers charged with the stabbing death of a high school classmate had a December arraignment date set in Santa Clara County Superior Court this afternoon. Jae Williams, 15, and Randy Thompson, 16, each face a felony murder charge in the death of 15-year-old Michael Russell, according to district attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell. The two juveniles will be tried as adults, Cornell said.Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, Russell’s uncle found his body in the backyard of the family’s home in the 5600 block of Comanche Drive, according to court documents. Emergency responders pronounced Russell dead at the scene, noting he had been stabbed in the neck, back and chest.Williams and Thompson were Russell’s classmates at Santa Teresa High School in south San Jose, according to court documents. The pair has been charged, but their formal arraignment was postponed until Dec. 2. If convicted, they face a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, according to Cornell.This is the second case in less than two weeks that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has decided to charge 15- and 16-year-old suspects as adults in connection with a brutal attack on another young person. On Nov. 5, Erik Diaz and Diego Gutierrez, both 16, and Hugo Torres, 15, were charged, along with an adult suspect, with shooting a 12-year-old boy and stabbing his 13-year-old friend while the boys trick-or-treated on Halloween night. Police have said that attack was gang-related. There is no indication Williams or Thompson are involved in gang activity, according to police.
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