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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2003 8:59 am | Updated: 2:21 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Three friends of Krystal Miller, the 15-year-old accused of planning a Columbine-style massacre at Gilbert High School, testified Tuesday that they didn’t take her seriously.

"Everyone talks like that," said Jacob Gricol, 16.

At the trial in Maricopa County Superior Court, all said Miller spoke of the plot the week before her arrest in March and had a map marking where she would place bombs. Under cross-examination, however, they said they didn’t take her seriously.

Larry Core, a computer forensic examiner with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, testified "Columbine" was typed in 201 times on Miller’s computer. He also found numerous additional Internet searches for "Columbine."

In the days leading to her arrest, Miller also wrote a handful of e-mails to a few friends mentioning the plan, Core said. In at least one subject line, Miller wrote "Re: Death."

Miller and five other students were arrested after school administrators discovered a note Miller is accused of writing that outlined a plot to carry out a massacre.

Miller faces criminal accusations of threatening to kill her mother and disrupting the school. The other five students were released from custody and never charged. None of those who testified Tuesday were among those arrested.

Two of the students who had been arrested were appointed attorneys Tuesday by Judge Andrew Klein because they may be called to testify on behalf of Miller when the trial resumes Thursday.

Klein noted that although Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley has declined to file charges against them, they have not been granted immunity and could implicate themselves during their testimony. "They may wind up not testifying now," defense attorney Dave Smith said after court.

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