Student denies murder solicitation charges, still held |

Student denies murder solicitation charges, still held

by Scott Murphy

MINDEN – A former Douglas High School student denied two counts of soliciting the murder of a female classmate during a hearing Tuesday.

The boy, 16, will remain in detention while he awaits further psychiatric evaluations requested by Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Yturbide.

District Judge David Gamble said he would likely release the boy following additional tests and a subsequent hearing anticipated later this week.

“I want to get all the information I can,” Gamble said in ordering the additional testing.

Assuming there’s “nothing I don’t expect” in the evaluations, Gamble said the boy would be monitored electronically after being released.

Also, the boy cannot contact any youth via telephone, e-mail or the Internet if he is released, Gamble said.

His parents guaranteed 24-hour supervision for their son.

The boy’s father again asked Gamble to release his son from detention. He was discharged Tuesday by the private Reno hospital where he was held.

“I’m not a psychiatrist, but I do know my son,” said the boy’s father, who noted he has been detained for the past 23 days.

He described his son as being “mellow and calm” during the family’s daily visits. He was arrested March 16. The incident was reported by the two boys the suspect allegedly asked to kill a female student.

Gamble said he had no doubt of the claim by the boy’s father that he was “absolutely” sure his son posed no danger to the community.

Gamble said he was impressed by the parents’ preparations in attempting to gain their son’s release. Also, the boy, who would not be allowed to return to school, has already enrolled in correspondence courses from a Christian academy in Texas.

When Gamble said the boy would remain in detention, the boy slumped forward on the defendant’s table.

“I want to give (him) some good news,” Gamble said. “I don’t want to just stick him in there.”

However, Gamble said the “current atmosphere in this nation” prevented him from “presume(ing) anything.

“I have to treat it seriously,” he said. “Words mean stuff. There are consequences for actions.”

Following this week’s detention hearing, another hearing is slated May 18.

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