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Madison County judge orders Noblesville school shooter held until battery case is resolved

Youth shot teacher and classmate at Noblesville West Middle School in 2018, now faces new battery charge
Posted at 12:30 PM, Jun 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-07 17:15:40-04

ANDERSON — The teen who opened fire in Noblesville West Middle School five years ago will remain detention in Madison County, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Madison Circuit Judge Stephen Koester ruled that the now-18-year-old be transferred to a secure detention center in Madison County until he faces charges for an alleged battery he is accused of performing while in custody.

The teen will remain in detention while his battery case remains pending.

"The court finds that detention is essential to protect the community," Koester wrote in the order.

The teen was 13 years old five years ago when he opened fire in a classroom at Noblesville West Middle School wounding teacher Jason Seaman and classmate Ella Whistler on May 25, 2018.

He was convicted as a juvenile of attempted murder and other crimes.

On Monday, Hamilton Circuit Judge Paul Felix ordered the boy released from Hamilton County detentionand placed on GPS monitoring and other restrictions, but first the teen has to answer to the new charge in Madison County.

Madison County prosecutors charged the teen with battery last week for allegedly touching a Department of Correction counselor on her breast twice and joking about it to other youths at a state detention facility on March 20. The teen was still 17 at the time and has been charged in juvenile court.

Koester scheduled a hearing for June 30, where the teen will have a chance to plead guilty to the battery charge. If the teen pleads guilty, the judge could schedule a date for a disposition hearing sometime in July.

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