Michael Carneal was sentenced to life in prison for the 1998 school shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky after pleading guilty. Three people were killed and seven wounded at the time of the shooting. For the past couple of years Carneal has been trying to get his guilty plea withdrawn by claiming he was mentally ill. This past week Carneal’s second attempt to get his plea withdrawn has been denied.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that Carneal was mentally competent at least beginning in 2004 and could have filed for an appeal at that time but since then time has run out for Carneal to successfully file an appeal. Carneal claimed that he heard voices that not only convinced him to commit the shooting but to plead guilty as well. How convenient. Personally I think the only think he suffered from was the age-old malady of fakeritis.
As I’ve said before Carneal has tried to blame everyone but himself for the shooting. Thanks to the courts Carneal will continue to be held responsible for his deadly and cowardly actions. At least until he’s up for parole in 10 years.
It seems that all the old classics are coming out of the woodwork to claim that they’re insane.
On the heels of Kip Kinkel’s latest request to be found insane Michael Carneal is trying to accomplish something similar. Carneal was the gunman at the 1997 school shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky that claimed the lives of three.
The last time we heard about Carneal he had just had an appeal to change his guilty plea denied. At that time the judge stated that Carneal had missed his deadline stating that Carneal’s alleged mental illness was under control by the time the appeal’s window of opportunity ran out.
Now Carneal’s lawyer is challenging that ruling claiming that the judge did not apply the proper judicial standard.
As I’ve said before Carneal has always blamed his actions on others. He claimed he was bullied though he killed people in a prayer group then he claimed that he heard voices. Much like Kinkel this is just another attempt for Carneal to get out of his life sentence.
I guess pretty soon we should be reading about how Mitchell Johnson, the Jonesboro gunman who is doing time on federal gun and drug charges, feels he was wrong targeted by police.
Michael Carneal was the gunman at the 1997 school shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah was ground zero of what I like to call the modern era of school shootings that started in the 90s with Carneal that claimed the lives of 3. Then followed Jonesboro, then Kip Kinkel and then Columbine. Carneal is currently serving a life sentence with the eligibility for parole after 25 years.
Recently Carneal has been trying to get his guilty plea thrown out claiming that he heard voices which caused him not only to commit the shooting but also to make the guilty plea. Again I ask how come ‘the voices’ never tell you to paint the house or assist the elderly but I digress. This past Wednesday a judge threw out Carneal’s most recent request to withdraw his guilty plea saying that time ran out for Carneal to make this request.
U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell said in a ruling Wednesday that 28-year-old Michael Adam Carneal likely could have challenged the guilty plea in 2002 or 2003 before the clock ran out on his opportunity to appeal. Russell said the mental illness was under control by then.
Carneal has always blamed others for the shooting. He claimed he was bullied yet shot kids in a prayer circle. Then he claimed the voices made him do it. On top of that he’s never apologized to his victims. Personally I think that Carneal was never mentally ill and is just looking for any way to get out of jail and shirk responsibility for his killing spree like most school shooters that have survived.
Clark said the answers Carneal provided to another test, the MMPI, were so outrageous the computer could not score it. He testified Carneal worked hard at providing answers he knew would help his case.
So basically I stand by my supposition that Carneal was sane at the time of the shooting, he’s sane now and he’s trying to game the system into giving him another trial.
When murderers like Carneal ask for a new trial I always like to say be careful what you wish for. Instead of a life sentence you could end up with a 100+ years Kip Kinkel-like sentence.
The shrink claims that age of 13 Carneal was hearing voices and having hallucinations. Supposedly the voices, called ‘The Danes’, made Carneal commit the shooting and threatened him not to tell anyone of their existence. The shrink also said that Carneal wasn’t even aware of his actions until 2004.
The voices excuse is always a convenient one because no one else can verify the presence of said voices. And from what I understand auditory hallucinations at the age of 14, which Carneal was at the time he committed the murders, is extremely rare.
This is nothing more than a ploy for a now adult Carneal to try to escape responsibility for the pointless murder of 3 children.
Michael Carneal killed 2 and injured five at Heath High. As far as I’m concerned he is the one that started the chain reaction of school shootings in this country in the late 1990s. First it was Paducah then Jonesboro then Kip Kinkel then Columbine. So if you ever wanted to know how this all got started it’s the face behind the coke bottle glasses over there. Carneal is currently serving a life sentence.
Carneal isn’t the one making money off of himself however there are several websites out there that are selling items that belonged to Carneal such as letters and drawings.
Murderabilia is nothing new, it’s been around for decades however with the proliferation of the internet it has become easier for people who deal and collect this trash to do business.
Now I’m not going to say that these websites should be against the law. That would be a slippery slope that could end up with things like true crime novels being banned. What I want to talk about is the human trash that buys this crap.
Now I know that you’re going to say that it’s a piece of history and that you’re not actually a fan of killers like Carneal. That’s really a load of crap and you know it. Unless you’re an anthropologist, or sociologist or criminologist or something along similar lines you’re just a murder groupie. You are defective mentally and a drain on society. Get help.
Heath High School gunman Michael Carneal will receive a hearing to see if he was mentally competent to see if his guilty plea was valid.
If you’ll recall when the 27-year-old Carneal in 1997 he shot and killed 3 students at heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky. More recently he’s been claiming that he heard voices so he can try to get out of his 25 to life sentence.
Michael Carneal is at it again. After having his plea to have his life sentence overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court the Heath High school shooter is now appealing to a federal judge to have it overturned.
Carneal was the 14-year-old gunman in the 1997 school shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky that claimed 3 lives and injured 5 others.
He now conveniently claims that at the time of the shooting he heard voices and that he did not fully understand his guilty plea. Of course he also claimed that he was bullied even though the people he shot were in a prayer circle. Maybe he was bullied by the ‘voices’ in his head.
It’s never about personal responsibility with these shooters. In their mind it’s always someone else’s fault that people are dead.
The Kentucky Supreme Court rejected a request from Paducah gunman Michael Carneal to have anew competency hearing. The now 25-year-old Carneal recently claimed, 11 years after the Paducah shootings, that at the time he shot up Heath High School he was mentally ill and that his lawyer was ineffective counsel at the time of his guilty plea
Carneal argued that he was unable to reveal that he was hearing voices at the time of the shooting and guilty plea because of his mental illness. Justice Bill Cunningham, writing for the court, was unpersuaded, saying the claims rest solely on what Carneal says, not any outside evidence creating “a conceptual ‘Catch-22’.”
It’s always nice to see that some judges still have common sense. Especially considering that the kids he killed Nicole Hadley, Jessica James and Kayce Steger, don’t have the luxury of appealing their death sentence.
Michael Carneal was the then 15-year-old gunman who killed 3 and wounded 5 at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky in 1997. At his trial he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 25 years.
Of course he claimed he was bullied but again as most cowards do he shot and killed innocent bystanders, a group of students who were in a prayer circle.
Now it’s being argued in the Kentucky Supreme Court on whether or not Carneal was too mentally ill to plead guilty. Now through the wonders of modern junk psychology Carneal is claiming that at the time of the shooting he was schizophrenic and was hearing voices.
The Kentucky Supreme court is expected to rule in three to six months.