Denair girl accused in killing in court

The 17-year-old Denair girl accused of fatally stabbing her father and attacking her mother appeared briefly Thursday in Stanislaus County Superior Court and was ordered to return next month.

Shanna Wills has been charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the death of her father, 62-year-old Kenneth Wills and the alleged attack on her mother, 61-year-old Susan Wills. She has pleaded not guilty.

Greg Spiering, Wills' defense attorney, told Judge John Freeland he was still in the process of examining evidence provided by the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

Freeland scheduled Wills to return to court Sept. 19 for another pretrial hearing.

Wills was wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit and sat quietly during her appearance. She is being held at Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on $3 million bail. She is being prosecuted as an adult.

Shanna Wills had been troubled for a few months, spiraling downward after a Christmastime breakup with a boyfriend, her mother has said.

On May 8, Susan Wills came home to find her daughter and husband embroiled in another argument. Authorities said Shanna Wills then attacked her parents with a knife.

Susan Wills is slowly recuperating from her injuries. Her co-workers at Delta Blood Bank organized a spaghetti dinner and auction and raised more than $8,000 to help her pay for medical, funeral and other expenses.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or (209) 578-2394.

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