Vancouver boy accused of weapons in school apologizes in court

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

VANCOUVER – A 12-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun, knives and over 400 rounds of ammunition to school appeared in court Tuesday and apologized for his earlier courtroom outburst.

The boy was arrested on Oct. 24 at Frontier Middle School in Vancouver after his mother alerted police that he might be armed.

School resource officers reported that the boy, with school officials present, said "a voice in his head" told him to kill another 11-year-old student for calling his friend gay, according to court documents obtained by KGW.

Since then, the boy has been in custody and legal limbo while attorneys determine if he is psychologically fit to understand the accusations against him.

Background: Vancouver boy heard 'voices'

“The court needs to make a determination as to whether or not he understands the rather complex process of litigation,” said the boy’s attorney John Lutgens. “That includes anything from witness testimony, the roles of the participants in the court as well as the plea bargaining process. It's a complicated process as I'm sure you're all aware, and he just turned 12 years of age.”

Though he has yet to be arraigned, the boy faces attempted murder, theft of a firearm and other weapons-related charges.

At an Oct. 29. hearing, the boy refused to leave the courtroom during adjournment and began to cry and swear into the court microphone.

In his Monday appearance he apologized to the judge and said he was “sorry.”

Background: 11-year-old Vancouver boy will remain in custody

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Ashley Korslien contributed to this report

 

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