August 15, 2006
One of four teens guilty of planning attacks on Albemarle County schools is appealing his conviction.
An 8th grader is hoping to clear his name with a new trial at Albemarle County circuit court. The jury heard from many witnesses as the Commonwealth laid out its case against the 13-year-old.
One by one the Commonwealth called the teen's friends and classmates to the stand. One boy said he was riding the bus with the defendant when the teen told him how he was going to shoot up the school. Two other girls testified they were at the gym with the teen when he bragged he was going to blow up the school. Another friend said she got an instant message from the boy where he described how he would make a bomb. Another testified the defendant told her she was on his hit list and she should not go to school on April 20th if she wanted to live.
Most of the kids said they didn't take the threats seriously and that's why they didn't tell an adult right away.
The defense says there's no evidence that the 13-year-old was involved in any conspiracy. They will continue to call their witnesses when this trial resumes Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., where they will finish their defense and carry on with closing arguements.
The trial is expected to wrap up on Wednesday. The three other boys accused in the plot are also appealing their conviction.