Court hearing possible Friday for Ky. school shooting suspect
WDRB has received conflicting information about a hearing scheduled for the suspect accused of killing 2 students and injuring more than a dozen others at Marshall County High School.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An arraignment for the 15-year-old Marshall County High School shooting suspect was still scheduled for Friday, according to a Paducah television station.
WPSD-TV reported the office of the Marshall Circuit Court said Judge Jamie Jameson had not made any ruling to postpone the arraignment. That was in contrast to what commonwealth’s attorney Mark Blankenship told WDRB News Thursday.
The court clerk’s office would not confirm any details about a hearing to WDRB News Thursday afternoon, including whether it was still scheduled.
On Thursday Marshall County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship said the teen's attorney had asked a judge for a mental evaluation for his client.
That issue would need to be decided in juvenile court before prosecutors could proceed with an arraignment on any adult charges in Marshall Circuit Court, Blankenship said. Juvenile court proceedings are generally not open to the public in Kentucky.
A grand jury met Tuesday to consider murder and assault charges against the teen, whose name has not been released, because he is a juvenile. An arraignment was anticipated Friday, with the boy’s name and charges possibly becoming public.
The boy is accused of killing two students and injuring more than a dozen other people at Marshall County High School in Benton on Jan. 23. He surrendered to a sheriff’s deputy after the shooting, which took place before the start of morning classes.
A mental evaluation, if granted, could take weeks to complete.
“I will try to meet with parents to explain,” Blankenship said. “It will take a long time.”
The investigation into the shooting included 48 investigators. They interviewed every student at the school, Blankenship said. Their reports and evidence will take weeks, if not months, to be compiled by Kentucky State Police in the case.
“This is not going to be quick and easy,” Blankenship said. “It’s a long road and an emotional drain for those who are suffering. This is going to be frustrating for the parents.”
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