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Witnesses describe smirk, careful aim by McLaughlin:

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More testimony from Tuesday on the Rocori High School shooting…

Jade Schmitt, a freshman at the Cold Spring high school at the time of the shootings in 2003, testified that McLaughlin walked out of the locker room for gym class that day a few steps behind Bartell. Schmitt said he saw McLaughlin pull a .22-caliber pistol from his gym bag and raise it in a two-handed grip, then heard a shot and saw Bartell grab his side.

Another witness, reading instructor Louise Hopfer, said she also saw McLaughlin clasping the gun. Hopfer said he was aiming carefully, though she couldn’t see his target.

“I could see the smirk on his face – I knew he knew what he was going for,” Hopfer said.

Ross Kasparek, then a freshman, testified that he was walking up stairs to the gym ahead of Bartell. He saw McLaughlin walk toward Bartell with the gun, raising his arm as he approached.

Without saying anything, McLaughlin held the barrel of the gun a couple of inches from Bartell’s forehead and fired, Kasparek said.

A smirk on his face and a two-handed grip. And somehow we’re supposed to feel sorry for this kid. I don’t think so.

8 thoughts on “More Rocori Testimony

  1. Denise says:

    Bless you.I hope the judge feels the same.

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  2. jaci says:

    NO ONE SAID YOU SHOULD FEEL SORRY FOR HIM BUT YOU DO NEED TO LOOK AT SAVING LIVES NOT DESTROYING MORE. IN NO WAY WHAT JASON DID WAS RIGHT BUT IN NO WAY IS SENDING A MENTALLY DISTURBED KID TO PRISON FOR LIFE RIGHT EITHER. THINK IF IT WAS YOUR OWN CHILD THAT WAS IN JASON’S POSITION. WOULD YOU WANT HIM TO GO TO PRISON FOR LIFE? THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY BEFORE YOU SAY IT OTHERWISE YOU NEVER KNOW YOU MIGHT BE SAYING IT TO YOURSELF ONE DAY.

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  3. Bunny says:

    preach it sister!!
    Im talking to Jaci not you Denise.

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  4. Trench says:

    I guess you guys don’t realize that Denise actually knew Seth Bartell.

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  5. Bunny says:

    You don’t realize everything either, that’s very apparent. It doesn’t mean she knows everything about Seth or what all went on in his life. Just as you don’t realize that I actually know Jason and I don’t know everything about him or what goes on his life either. You cannot assume that you people know what happened in these boys lives. Why would Jason juust pick out Seth Bartell if he never did anything. I know what he did was wrong, very wrong and Seth is the victim of Jasons murder, and Jason was some kind of victim of Seth’s for Jason to go after him. Plus Jason might also be the victim of a mental illness, I know that reason still doesn’t make it okay. But there are way more victims to this tragedy thatn many of you know. I know Jason, he is not a cold-hearted murderer.

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  6. douchebag says:

    I posted this on another thread, but here it is again. I highly recommend reading Disinformation’s articles on “Mental Illness”. http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id2229/pg1/index.html

    There are many who believe “Mental Illness” is no more than a personality trait. There are many others who believe “Mental Illness” is an excuse. This is a touchy subject, but I encourage everyone to take a deep breath and consider what truths may lie in these beliefs.

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  7. Trench says:

    I think you need to take a deep breath and loosen your tin foil hat.

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