Wednesday, February 8, 2023

15-year-old New Hanover High shooter to be tried as an adult

The minor student who shot another shooting at New Hanover High School will be tried as an adult in New Hanover County superior court.(Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands Williams)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– A 15-year-old who allegedly shot and injured a fellow New Hanover High School student on Aug. 30 will be tried as an adult in New Hanover County superior court.

Over two-day hearings in late September, the state requested the minor’s case be transferred to superior court, where the proceedings would be public and the defendant would be tried as an adult. The defendant, accused of shooting at least three times within a crowded hallway and injuring a student, requested the hearings be closed to the public. Chief District Court Judge J. Corpening, found probable cause and transferred the case to superior court, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.

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The defendant appealed Corpening’s decision. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham upheld Corpening’s transfer in a hearing Wednesday afternoon.

A New Hanover County grand jury indicted the minor for attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm on educational property, and discharging a firearm on educational property.

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