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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Pretrial Hearing Held for Teen Accused in Martinsville Shooting:

Just a few minor updates regarding the trial of Martinsville West Middle School gunman, 16-year-old Michael Phelps. Just a quick refresh Phelps is accused of shooting 15-year-old Chance Jackson in the Indiana middle school.

The jury for Phelps’ trial will be drawn from Clay County in Indiana. I usually have no problem with trials being moved or juries being brought in because I want to see this punk convicted with little chance for appeals.

Prosecutors filed a motion to add 5 years to the sentence if he is convicted since Phelps used a handgun.

Lastly, a judge ruled that no witness could testify to Phelps’ alleged intent to kill Chance Jackson. Again I have no problem with this because I think Phelps’ actions show that he intended on killing Jackson. Luckily Chance Jackson survived but has a long road of recovery ahead of him.

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