Wyoming Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Thwarted School Shooting
GILLETTE, WY. (AP) — A Wyoming teenager who prosecutors have said brought guns and bullets to school last year as part of a thwarted plan to shoot teachers and students faces a trial after pleading not guilty.
Dale Warner, 14 and charged as an adult, remained in custody on $275,000 cash-only bond. A trial date had not been set.
Warner pleaded not guilty Friday to nine counts of attempted first-degree murder in state District Court in Gillette.
Warner wore a lime-green juvenile detention center outfit and remained handcuffed throughout the state District Court proceeding, the Gillette News-Record reported .
Warner smiled at his parents and other relatives in the courtroom. Bailiffs allowed him to hug a relative after the 15-minute hearing ended.
Prosecutors have said Warner on Nov. 13 brought two guns and 36 bullets to Sage Valley Junior High School and that he planned to shoot nine teachers and students. Another student alerted school officials and Warner allegedly was disarmed by Principal Terry Quinn and arrested.
In January, Gov. Mark Gordon praised Quinn in his first state of the state address.
Warner’s mother, Andrea Warner, has said her son has mental health issues and should have a psychological evaluation before a trial.
Warner’s attorney, Diane Lozano, has said Warner has been charged too harshly.
The teen told investigators he decided to shoot students and staff that day to honor his biological father, who recently died and reportedly had taken a gun to school as a teenager, according to police.
Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com