Lawyers Try To Reverse Decision In School Shooting Case

9 years 10 months 1 week ago September 17, 2007 Sep 17, 2007 Monday, September 17 2007 Monday, September 17, 2007 9:31:23 AM CDT in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Lawyers for a Joplin teenager charged with firing an assault weapon in school are asking the state supreme court to send him back to the juvenile system. Public defenders said today they want to reverse a circuit court decision from July that 14-year-old Thomas White should be tried as an adult. White faces four felony counts related to the school shooting last October and a charge of attempted escape from juvenile custody. White was 13 at the time of the shooting at Memorial Middle School. Nobody was injured when White allegedly fired a single shot into the ceiling. Prosecutors allege that White repeatedly tried to shoot the school's principal but that the gun jammed. The supreme court has not yet announced whether it will hear the case.

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