Two teenagers have been indicted on attempted murder, conspiracy and other charges in a school bus stop shooting that wounded six people, while a girlfriend of one of the teens faces felony accessory and cocaine trafficking charges, authorities said.
Dresden Michael Williams, 18, Franklin Jackson, 17, and Erica Renee Adams, 20, were scheduled for arraignment next Wednesday in Clark County District Court, bypassing a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled in North Las Vegas Justice Court.
No pleas have been entered, but lawyers Kalani Hoo, for Williams, and Joel Mann, for Jackson, and James Ruggeroli, for Adams, said they intend to plead not guilty.
"My client maintains his innocence," Mann said of Jackson, who initially was charged as a juvenile but was bound over for trial as an adult in the case. "We're looking forward to seeing all the evidence."
Ruggeroli said he may seek a separate trial for Adams from the other two suspects. "It's so prejudicial for her to be joined in this. They're not similarly situated at all," he said.
Prosecutors listed 91 witnesses in the 17-count indictment. The grand jury charged Williams and Jackson with conspiracy to commit murder, seven counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and six counts of battery with a deadly weapon.
Williams and Jackson could each face up to 140 years in prison if convicted of all charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
They are accused of plotting with 18-year-old Nicco Tatum to ambush a teenager when he got off a school bus from Mojave High School. That teen, who police said scuffled with Tatum a day earlier, was among the six people wounded by gunfire from .45-caliber and 9mm handguns. All the wounded have been released from the hospital.
Tatum, who is referred to in the indictment as a "uncharged confederate," is jailed on separate attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon charges in the bus stop shooting, and in another case alleging he shot a 40-year-old Las Vegas woman.
Williams and his girlfriend, Adams, are charged in the indictment with conspiracy to violate the state controlled substance act and trafficking in a controlled substance, felonies.
Adams alone is charged with accessory to a felony, for allegedly trying to shield Williams and Jackson from arrest following the shooting.
The grand jury did not indict Williams and Adams on a possession of stolen vehicle charge that authorities filed in December.
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