New Charges in School Shooting

9 years 9 months 1 week ago February 26, 2007 Feb 26, 2007 Monday, February 26 2007 Monday, February 26, 2007 6:48:31 PM CST in News
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CARTHAGE (AP) - Prosecutors filed two new felony charges today against a Joplin seventh grader accused of firing an assault rifle at his middle school last fall. Fourteen year old Thomas White has already been certified to stand trial as an adult on three other felony charges; first-degree assault, armed criminal action and attempted escape. White appeared in Jasper County circuit court today for a preliminary hearing, but the hearing was postponed one week to give White's public defenders time to review the new charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Assistant prosecuting attorney Todd Hawkins said the new charges were based on a review of police reports from the incident last October. Hawkins declined to elaborate on why the new charges weren't filed earlier. White is being held in Jasper County jail on a $250,000 dollar bond. He is accused of taking an assault rifle to Joplin Memorial Middle School on October 9 and pointing it at administrators, teachers and students before firing a shot into the ceiling. No one was injured.

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