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GIRLS TESTIFY ABOUT STRANGER WHO ABDUCTED, KILLED FRIEND

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The stranger clutching a knife promised the girls sleeping over at Polly Klaas' house that he'd bring the 12-year-old back by the time they could count to 1,000.

He lied. Polly was found dead two months later.Police say Richard Allen Davis led them to her grave. He's charged with kidnapping and murder.

The two 12-year-old girls who witnessed Polly's kidnapping testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to try Davis. The hearing was to resume Wednesday.

Kate McLean and Gillian Pelham identified Davis as the man who snatched Polly from her Petaluma bedroom on the night of Oct. 1.

At first, Kate said, "I assumed it was some kind of trick or joke, that Polly had gone too far."

The girls said a man in dark clothing appeared at their slumber party and threatened to slit their throats if they screamed. He made them lie face down on the floor, tied their hands and pulled pillow cases over their heads.

He said, "I'm not going to touch you. I'm just doing it for the money," Gillian testified, clutching a stuffed raccoon and swiveling back and forth on her chair.

The man asked who lived in the house. When Polly answered, he took her away, said Kate, who clutched a stuffed brown bear.

The man told them to "count to 1,000 and after we did that Polly would be back with us," Gillian said.

Davis, 39, who was on parole at the time of Polly's kidnapping, spent more than 15 years in prison for offenses including burglary and assault.