14-year-old boy charged in fa­ther’s killing, school shoot­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A 14-year-old South Carolina boy was charged as a ju­ve­nile Fri­day with mur­der and three counts of at­tempted mur­der af­ter au­thor­i­ties say he killed his fa­ther and opened fire on stu­dents at a school play­ground, wound­ing three peo­ple.

The boy did not show any emo­tion as he walked into the court­room wear­ing a yel­low jump­suit. He was un­re­strained, not wear­ing hand­cuffs or leg shack­les, as re­quired by state law in most ju­ve­nile cases.

His lawyer, Frank Epps, noted that the teen has given a state­ment to law en­force­ment and asked that in­ves­ti­ga­tors not ques­tion him again with­out his lawyer present. The judge agreed to that, and or­dered the teen to be held in jail.

The boy’s mother sat on the front row dur­ing the brief hear­ing and left the court­room sob­bing and lean­ing on an­other woman.

The As­so­ci­ated Press typ­i­cally does not iden­tify ju­ve­niles charged with crimes.

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