Juvenile court hearing set in alleged school shooting plot
Trial in juvenile court for two teen-agers charged with planning a shooting at Gila Vista Junior High School has been set for April 24.
The pair - identified in court records as Nicole Baca and Shane Beghtol, both 13 - face a charge of interference with or disruption of an education institution Jan. 30.
Before scheduling the trial date, Yuma County Superior Court Judge Kirby Kongable this week cleared up two points - the release of results of psychological examinations of the youths to defense attorneys, plus the release of discovery information to a defense attorney. Kongable handles juvenile court cases.
When the prosecution didn't object, Kongable ruled the psychological tests could be released. The discovery information had been released previously and was with Beghtol's previous attorney. It is expected to be transferred to his new attorney well before trial.
Baca and Beghtol allegedly wrote two notes - one that detailed a plan for a school shooting and another listing names of several students to be harmed.
A concerned parent found one of the notes in one of the defendant's possession and notified Yuma police. The other note was found during the police investigation.
During the investigation, police determined neither of the defendants had access to weapons and therefore couldn't have carried out the plan.