Friday, July 20, 2007

Mouton takes Memorial Middle School shooter case under advisement

Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton listened to public defenders Friday as they tried one last time to get the case of Memorial Middle School shooter Thomas Gregory White remanded to juvenile court:

Circuit Judge David Mouton said he needed some time to read depositions newly submitted by the 14-year-old boy’s public defenders and to review arguments of both sides before ruling on the motion. He indicated his decision could come sometime next week or later since he has a civil court trial scheduled next week.

White was certified in December to stand trial as an adult on five felony charges stemming from a shooting incident in October at Memorial Middle School in Joplin. He is accused of discharging an assault rifle into the ceiling of a hallway of the school and repeatedly attempting to shoot the school's principal while he was ushering him out of the building.

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