School shooting suspect in court

COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- It will be another few weeks before it's known if the student accused in the Mattoon High School shooting is fit to stand trial.

The results of his mental health evaluation were expected to be released Thursday, but now the case is going in a different direction. A motion to move him to another facility could be filed based on what the attorney for the 15-year old said.

The state's attorney says there are a few reasons the case is going this way. He says the number of witnesses who will be called and the mental health evaluation prolonged things, but ultimately, it will be in the hands of the court how things move forward.

No motion has been filed, but it should be before his next court appearance. He's been held at a juvenile detention center since the September shooting, but the motion could change that.

His next appearance is scheduled for the first week of February. His attorney plans to have a psychiatrist from Champaign attend the hearing.

Police say the teen opened fire inside the school cafeteria and hurt another student. A teacher, Angela McQueen tackled the student and has been called a hero.

The victim has since recovered. The suspect is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, a class X felony.


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