JOPLIN (AP) A Joplin teenager charged with firing an assault rifle in his school will go to trial as an adult and not be sent back to the juvenile system.
A Jasper County circuit judge ruled yesterday in the case of Thomas White, who faces five felony counts. Nobody was injured in the incident last October.
White was 13 years old at the time. He was certified in December to stand trial as an adult.
White's lawyers argued that the December hearing was flawed and that the boy, who is now 14, should be sent back to the juvenile system.
But Circuit Judge David Mouton ruled that White was afforded due process. The judge set a trial date of August 20th.