Teen charged as an adult for trying to murder friend

Detective says victim was stabbed 20 times

BIG RAPIDS -- A Grant Township teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly attempting to kill her friend over the weekend.

Harley Elizabeth Feyerabend, 14, was arraigned Monday afternoon via Zoom in Mecosta County's 77th District Court. She was charged as an adult with single counts of homicide/attempt to murder and assault with the intent to murder.

According to court records, both charges carry a possible life sentence.

On Saturday, deputies with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a residence in Grant Township for a report of Feyerabend assaulting another teen with multiple weapons.

Upon arrival, deputies learned Feyerabend allegedly used different knives and a hammer in an attempt to murder her friend, a 14-year-old Big Rapids Township girl.

Mecosta County Detective/Sergeant Casey Nemeth told the Pioneer the attempted murder occurred in a wooded area behind the suspect's family home in Grant Township.

"Based on statements and evidence at the scene, it appeared (the victim) had been stabbed multiple times, likely in excess of 20 times," Nemeth said, noting the stab wounds were concentrated above the waist, mainly on the victim's torso and head, with a few injuries to her legs.

Nemeth explained upon Feyerabend's arrest, she told officers she had been planning the murder of her friend for several months.

The victim was transported from the scene to a Grand Rapids-based hospital by Aeromed for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

As of Monday, Nemeth said the victim is in stable condition.

"From what I understand, at this point she is in recovery," Nemeth said.

Feyerabend's bond has been set at $750,000 cash/surety and she will be transported to the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center.

She is set to appear in court again for a probable cause conference on June 10.

The Pioneer typically does not publish the names of juveniles accused of crimes unless they are charged as adults.