Accused teen shooter to be prosecuted as an adult
December 10, 1997
Carneal leaves rear door of courthouse
Web posted at: 4:26 p.m. EST (2126 GMT)
PADUCAH, Kentucky (CNN) -- A state court judge Wednesday
ruled that 14-year-old Michael Carneal can be charged as an
adult in the Heath High School shooting that left three
students dead and five injured, sources told CNN.
Carneal was charged with murder, attempted murder and
burglary following the December 1 shooting.
The youngster was in the McCracken County courthouse
Wednesday afternoon for a hearing, where prosecutors asked
that he be certified as an adult. He was previously charged
as a juvenile.
Under Kentucky law, a 14-year-old who commits a crime with a
gun can be tried as an adult.
In an apparent effort to avoid television cameras, Carneal
was driven to the courthouse in a private pickup truck and
rushed into the courthouse through a back door.
County Attorney Dan Boaz said the judge ordered that what was
said in the hearing must remain confidential.
County Sheriff Frank Augustus said Wednesday that he planned
to formally interview the suspect's parents, John and Ann
Augustus said he spoke with the boy's father on the day of
the shooting, but this would be the first time the parents
meet with investigators. The sheriff said he wanted to know
about any unusual activities that might indicate a motive for
An investigator told CNN that the three interviews with
Carneal have revealed "a very disturbed 14-year-old who
showed no remorse other than concern for his family."
Of the five injured students, all members of a school prayer
group, three have been allowed to go home, but two remain in
the hospital, and one remains partially paralyzed.
Augustus said the evidence in the case will be presented to a
grand jury Friday. Once the grand jury hands down
indictments, an arraignment hearing will follow, he said.