Teen School Shooting Suspect Denies Guilt

A 14-year-old boy accused of wounding two classmates in a shooting at a Reno middle school has denied four charges against him and will face trial in June.
James Scott Newman sat quietly in a hearing before a juvenile
court master as his lawyer entered the denial pleas for him.
Newman is charged with two counts of battery with a deadly
weapon, possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm inside a
structure for the March 14th shooting at Pine Middle School.
One boy was wounded in the arm and a girl was grazed by a bullet
that ricocheted off the floor when the eighth-grader shot three
rounds from a .38-caliber pistol that he had taken from his
parents' closet.
He remains in custody at the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center,
where he was transferred to from jail after prosecutors decided not
to charge him as an adult.
Another hearing is scheduled for next Friday, when defense
lawyer David Houston says he'll argue for the boy's conditional
release, including supervision, home schooling and treatment.
Deputy District Attorney Jo Lee Wickes previously argued the boy
was a danger to society and should remain in custody. She had no
immediate comment on how she'll respond to Houston's motion.


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