BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The 14-year-old suspect was in court on Wednesday for his first hearing in juvenile court on a charge of attempted murder.
The teenager was arrested after an attack on a 71-year-old who was exercising at the Chico High School track last week.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the teen was arraigned and assigned a public defender.
The judge also orders the teen to undergo a mental health evaluation.
The 14-year-old will be back in court on June 15 for a plea.
Ramsey said the teen used a T-post to hit the woman. He then dragged her and strangled her before leaving her unconscious.
The teen was not a Chico High student.