Declination hearing delayed again for suspected Freeman shooter

The hearing to determine whether suspected Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe is tried as a juvenile or as an adult has been delayed once again. The hearing for the 16-year-old was set to begin Monday, but The Spokesman-Review reports that prosecutors asked for a delay until August. 

“The defense evaluations that they needed to have done in preparation of the declination hearing are not done,” Haskell said. “We moved it because we need those reports ourselves to determine if we need to hire an expert” to counter the defense expert.

Sharpe has been in custody since the Sept. 13 shooting that killed Strahan and injured three other students at Freeman High School.

As a result, Haskell charged Sharpe with one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and 51 counts of second-degree assault for those students who had fear or apprehension of being shot that day.

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