Judge: Ohio School Shooting Suspect Competent to Face Trial< < Back to
URBANA, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio judge says a teenager charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students is competent to stand trial.
A Champaign County Juvenile Court judge made the ruling Monday after earlier hearing testimony from two psychologists who evaluated the 17-year-old.
Ely Serna is charged as a juvenile with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses for the Jan. 20 attack at a high school in West Liberty. He has denied the charges.
Serna’s attorney tells the Springfield News-Sun that he still is worried about the teen’s competency but he respects the court’s decision.
Authorities allege he fired a shotgun at a classmate in a bathroom, critically wounding the teen, and then fired at classrooms. A second student was slightly injured.
Prosecutors want to try Serna as an adult.