March 28, 2006
The trial continues for the teens accused of plotting to attack Albemarle County schools, and we may see it wrap up soon. Tuesday is the third day of the trial and now it's the defense's turn to argue its case.
Currently there are three defendants--two 13-year-old Jack Jouett students and one 15-year-old from Albemarle High School. The 16-year-old involved in the case already pleaded guilty.
It is a closed hearing, but we do know that the prosecution brought in school kids to testify the last time they were in court. Jim Camblos, the Commonwealth Attorney said the prosecution went well.
If you recall, the three suspects were arrested back in late January after an anonymous informant came forward about the plot. A fourth suspect was arrested a week later.
The three teens are charged with two counts including conspiring to commit murder and conspiring to use an explosive device against a schoolhouse.
If found guilty the three teens could face incarceration until they are 21 years old. The sentencing for the 16-year-old suspect who plead guilty will be back in court for sentencing on April 8.