Suspects in two San Diego-area shootings to be arraigned Monday
SAN DIEGO (AP) – The two students accused of opening fire on their high schools in suburban San Diego will be arraigned in the same court Monday afternoon.
Andy Williams, 15, and Jason Hoffman, 18, coincidentally had their appearances in El Cajon Superior Court both scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m., a jail clerk said Sunday.
Williams is accused of killing two classmates and wounding 13 other people in a March 5 rampage at Santana High School in Santee. He has not yet entered a plea.
His arraignment was originally scheduled for March 8, but was continued until Monday on a request by his lawyers, who intend to challenge the California law mandating that he be tried as an adult.
He is being held in a juvenile facility.
Hoffman faces several counts of attempted murder for his March 22 assault on the Granite Hills High School campus in El Cajon, less than seven miles from the Santana campus.
Five people were wounded by shotgun pellets or shrapnel when the high school senior opened fire in front of an administration building, reportedly aiming at a vice principal.
Hoffman, who was shot by an on-campus police officer, was transferred from a hospital to the San Diego County Jail’s medical unit on Saturday.
Classes at Granite Hills were to resume Monday morning, after being called off on Friday. Students were to begin the day in 5th period, the class hour that was interrupted by Thursday’s shooting.
Officials at the Grossmont Union High School District, which also oversees Santana High, urged parents to return with their children to Granite Hills to ”reclaim” the campus.
Parents also were asked to attend a meeting planned for Monday evening at the school.
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