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Man pleads no contest in throat slashing of 11-year-old cousin

March 29, 2012 |  7:13 am

An 18-year-old man has pleaded no contest to fatally stabbing his 11-year-old cousin and attacking her 14-year-old sister in Littlerock, Calif., prosecutors said.

Lonnie Lee Liner entered the plea Wednesday to the second-degree murder of Dahial Lanarus and attempted second-degree murder of her sister in 2010, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. The sister's name was not immediately available.

Prosecutors said Liner attacked the girls in their Littlerock home on the morning of Aug. 3, 2010. Dahial's throat was slashed, and she died in the home. Her sister suffered several knife wounds, but managed to escape.

Liner was 16 at the time but was charged as an adult. He will be sentenced April 26 in Antelope Valley.

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