Teen accused of killing grandparents appears in Gwinnett court

Cassandra Bjorge appeared in court for the first time Friday in Gwinnett County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Cassandra Bjorge appeared in court for the first time Friday in Gwinnett County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A teenager faced a Gwinnett County judge Friday for the first time since being accused of beating and killing her grandparents, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Cassandra Bjorge, 17, was wearing a bandage on her arm after stabbing herself just before being apprehended Sunday.

A day earlier, Gwinnett police discovered the bodies of her 63-year-old grandparents, Wendy and Randall Bjorge, in their home in the 1900 block of Furlong Run near Lawrenceville.

Cassandra Bjorge and boyfriend Johnny Rider, 19, allegedly stabbed, punched, kicked and used a tire iron against the couple, according to warrants obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

Cassandra Bjorge was booked into the county jail Wednesday night on murder and aggravated assault charges.

Rider was booked Monday on murder, aggravated assault and theft charges. He appeared in court Thursday.

Cassandra Bjorge, 17, and Johnny Rider, 19, are suspects in the deaths of Bjorge’s grandparents.
Cassandra Bjorge, 17, and Johnny Rider, 19, are suspects in the deaths of Bjorge’s grandparents.

Christopher Bjorge, the couple’s son, gave Channel 2 a statement at Friday’s court hearing.

“We are all upset and hurt by this devastating loss,” he said. “My mother and father were both kind and gentle people who loved to help others.”

Cassandra Bjorge is due back in court April 21, Channel 2 reported.

A teenage couple has been accused of stabbing, punching, kicking and using a tire iron to kill Wendy and Randall Bjorge, the grandparents of suspect Cassandra Bjorge, 17.

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