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Hearing Resumes Today For Martinsville Shooting Suspect

The fate of the 15-year-old who police say shot another teen in Martinsville will be being argued again today.

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Still unclear whether Martinsville Middle School shooting suspect will be tried as an adult

The fate of the 15-year-old who police say shot another teen in Martinsville will be being argued again today. The hearing of the 15-year-old charged in the shooting of Chance Jackson resumes in a Morgan county courtroom. At issue is whether the accused should be tried as an adult in the March 25th incident at Martinsville West Middle School. The victim’s cousin, Tony Jackson, said something needs to be done.

“Kids don’t need to be bringing guns to school,” said Jackson.  “I’ve never heard of that in the past, so something needs to be done.”

The accused’s attorney Steve Litz railed against the testimony Monday from his client‘s probation officer, stressing that his client is not a bad kid.

“He has been in a horrible environment, and that’s why I ask the question about instability breeding instability. A lot of times in my representation of people I wish that their parents could be brought in and face the charges that they have wrought upon their children,” Litz said.

Litz said that even though the 15-year-old has a troubled past, he doesn‘t deserve what could be a mandatory minimum 20 years behind bars.

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