November 29, 1998 |
Sympathy poured in from around the world, but in McCracken County, Ky., where three students were killed and five wounded when a ninth-grader opened fire at a high school prayer meeting last Dec. 1, parents of the victims feel forsaken. Even their closest friends "don't know how to deal with it," said Joe James, who lost a daughter, 17-year-old Jessica. The killer, Michael Carneal, 15, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Oct. 5 to charges of murder and attempted murder.
October 6, 1998 |
A teenager who opened fire on a high school prayer circle, killing three fellow students, pleaded guilty but mentally ill and will spend at least 25 years in prison. Michael Adam Carneal, 15, acknowledged carrying out the attack last Dec. 1 at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. Five other people were wounded in the rampage.
January 16, 1998 |
A lawyer for the 14-year-old boy accused of murdering three classmates in a shooting rampage at his Paducah high school suggested that the teenager may have been mentally impaired. At Michael Carneal's arraignment--his first public appearance since the Dec. 1 shootings--defense attorney Charles Granner told a judge he was "not in a position" to enter a plea on Michael's behalf. Circuit Judge Ron Daniels entered not guilty pleas on charges of murder, attempted murder and burglary.
December 11, 1997 |
A Paducah judge had little choice but to order that a teenager be tried as an adult on charges of gunning down three fellow classmates in a school lobby, lawyers said. Under Kentucky law, anyone at least 14 years old who commits a serious felony using a firearm is considered an adult. Michael Carneal is 14 and used a handgun in the killing of three students Dec. 1, police allege.
December 9, 1997 |
Investigators have failed to flesh out rumors of a wider plot behind last week's high school shootings, although the sheriff said he suspects others knew in advance about the attack. Freshman Michael Carneal, 14, is being held on murder, attempted murder and burglary charges following last week's rampage in which he opened fire on a student prayer group with a semi-automatic handgun, killing three and wounding five.
December 7, 1997 |
Tearful residents lined the streets Saturday, turning the city's Christmas parade into a mournful tribute to the three teenagers gunned down at Heath High School. The West Paducah school's band marched in silent tribute, each musician holding a white rose in place of an instrument and accompanied only by a drumbeat.