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Teen Charged in School Slaying

September 27, 2003|From Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder Friday in the death of one of two students shot at a Minnesota high school.

The teen, a freshman, was charged as a juvenile in the shootings at Rocori High School in Cold Spring.

"It's just difficult for him to understand how it happened," said the teen's lawyer, Dan Eller , after a court hearing.

Senior Aaron Rollins died Wednesday in the attack. Freshman Seth Bartell, 14, remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday.

Because the teen was charged as a juvenile, the hearing was closed, but Eller confirmed that second-degree murder is among the charges the boy faces. He said the state attorney general's office filed papers to have him charged as an adult.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said she could not discuss the case.

A few hours before the teen appeared in court, students returned to classes for the first time since the shootings.

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