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Teen accused of stabbing Piper High student bonds out

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Kimanie King in court April 18 Kimanie King in court April 18
Piper High School sophomore Urique Wilson Piper High School sophomore Urique Wilson
Joseph Wilson, Urique Wilson's father Joseph Wilson, Urique Wilson's father
Kimanie King (third from left) bonds out of jail. Kimanie King (third from left) bonds out of jail.
SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The Piper High School senior accused of stabbing a younger student has bonded out of jail hours after his attorney requested his charges be lowered from attempted murder to aggravated battery.

Clutching his mother's arm, 18-year-old Kimanie King walked out of the Broward County Jail along with his attorney, William Paul, Friday evening. Earlier that morning, the teen appeared in bond court, one day after he allegedly stabbed classmate Urique Wilson, a 16-year-old sophomore, with a pocket knife.

Police said King launched the attack on Wilson at the school's gym after they got into an argument over a basketball game, Thursday. "I see them fighting at first, and then the other boy just pulled out a knife and stabbed him," said a student.

Romario Taffe, another student who witnessed the fight said, "He was fighting at first, and then he was on the floor and got back up and took something out of his pocket and stabbed him with it."

An assistant principal called 911.

Dispatcher: "911. What is your emergency?"

Assistant principal: "Yeah, we had a student injury at Piper High School in the gymnasium."

Dispatcher: "What's the injury?"

Assistant principal: "I believe it is a stab wound in the chest."

During the bond hearing, King's attorney told the judge this is a completely surprising situation since his client is an honors student with a clean record. He said even the school is surprised at the situation. "We have a kid here who's just never been in trouble a day in his life, that's gotten involved in a mishap, in a school brawl or school fight, so to speak," said Paul.

Paul called the 18-year-old a model student. "He's certainly not a flight risk," said King's attorney. "He plays for the school's soccer team as an all-city soccer player. He's employed part-time at Winn-Dixie."

A small group gathered to support the suspect but left quickly without speaking to reporters. Paul also declined to comment on the case.

The prosecutor in the case said, according to a witness, King had expressed intent to inflict bodily harm. "The allegation from another student witness overheard him say that he would stab somebody if they bumped into him again while he was at the gym," said Eric Linder. "It shows, while there may not have been premeditation necessarily to stab this alleged student, it shows that there was a certain premeditation that he would stab somebody."

Officials said Wilson was stabbed three times in the chest and in the back. The victim's father, Joseph Watson, said he is just thankful the knife missed his son's heart by centimeters. "I'm very thankful to God, very thankful to everybody being concerned, the prayers that family and friends have given to us," he said. "My main concern is that my son is OK."

Watson said the stabbing should have never taken place. "I mean, come on, you're playing basketball, you still get no excuse for him to stab my son, almost kill my son," he said. "My son could have lost his life."

Wilson was released from Broward Health Medical Center Friday afternoon after having spent the night there recovering from his injuries. He told 7News he is feeling better and is glad to be out of the hospital.

"Right now he's going home today," said Watson. "He's still a little shell-shocked about the incident that happened."

Watson took the opportunity to thank a higher power for being able to take his son home. "I give praise to God Almighty because, right now, He saved my son," said Watson. "Without prayer ... he wouldn't be here today because [the knife] was one centimeter from his heart."

Despite arguments that King was acting in self-defense, Watson said his son is the victim. "My son didn't have no weapons, no nothing," he said. "[King] came to school prepared with a knife in his back pocket."

King was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon on school grounds. His bond was set at $36,500.

The judge has ordered King to wear an ankle monitoring device once he is released. The judge has also ordered him to stay away from school grounds and to refrain from contacting Wilson.

This stabbing comes only a week after another incident at the Sunrise school sent a different student to the hospital.
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