Charges Filed in Martinsville School Shooting Case

by Staff on March 31, 2011 · 2 comments

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Michael PhelpsChief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Cline stood alongside Martinsville Police Department Detectives Rob Townsend and Brian Chambers Monday, appearing before Morgan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Burnham and filed a “Petition Alleging Delinquency” on school shooting suspect Michael Phelps, 15, of Morgan County.

The petition was approved by the Honorable Judge Burnham and revealed the following charges being filed against Phelps:

  • Attempted Murder, a Class “A” Felony
  • Aggravated Battery, a Class “B” Felony
  • Carrying a Handgun w/o Permit on School Property, a Class “C” Felony
  • Trespass on School Property, a class “D” Felony
  • Possessing a Firearm on School Property, a Class “D” Felony

An initial hearing has been set for Friday, April 1st, at the Morgan County Courthouse in this case to set the trial phase in motion. A second hearing has been set for April 18th at the Morgan County Courthouse to determine whether Phelps will be tried as an adult or kept in the juvenile system.

The shooting victim, 15-year-old Chance Jackson, was shot twice in the abdomen.  He was upgraded today from serious to fair condition and is being treated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

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