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The trial of accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe has been moved to June , after the COVID-19 pandemic caused difficulties in trial preparation.
The Spokane County Superior Court judge assigned to the first-degree murder trial of Caleb Sharpe will remain on the case, despite a motion from defense attorneys alleging the judge made biased statements about evidence and premeditation while deciding to try Sharpe as an adult.
Just a week after Freeman High School observed a moment of silence to remember Sam Strahan, a Spokane County judge rescheduled the first-degree murder trial of Caleb Sharpe to Oct. 5, 2020, just more than three years after the school shooting that killed Sam and injured three girls.
A judge on Friday set an Oct. 7 trial date for accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe, but the defense attorney indicated that the trial is likely not to occur in two months.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office could have access to live camera feeds for 10 area school districts’ security systems during a mass shooting or other emergencies as soon as this coming school year.
Accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe, 17, will face trial for first-degree murder as an adult, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
The biggest legal question stemming from the Freeman High School shooting was not necessarily who pulled the trigger: It was whether the young man who was caught at the scene, admitted to committing the crime and was caught on video would be tried as a juvenile or an adult.
Freeman High School custodian Joe Bowen launched Sept. 13, 2017, like most days. He unlocked all the doors to the school before marching up to fix two toilets in the girl’s bathroom on the second floor. Bowen had fixed one toilet and started on the second when he heard a series of pops.
Nearly two years in the waiting, attorneys finally began on Monday presenting evidence to determine whether accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried for murder as a juvenile or an adult.
Caleb Sharpe turns 18 in October. But in July – 22 months after the then 15-year-old sophomore allegedly opened fire at Freeman High School – a court will decide whether he should be tried for murder as a juvenile or adult.
By the time Spokane County decides whether alleged Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe should be tried as a juvenile or an adult, he’ll have spent at least 16 months and two birthdays behind bars. After a delay in August, Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said Thursday the state will again be requesting another continuance, likely pushing the date of the declination hearing into the new year. Sharpe turns 18 next October.
One year after tragedy struck Freeman High, the school and the community are still Freeman Strong, even through the tears. Many were shed Thursday night as more than 200 people gathered in the middle of the football field.
One year later, Freeman is still strong. And vulnerable. Reminders of strength are everywhere, as hashtagged signs hang on houses and barns and the cars and trucks that ply the roads south of Spokane.
Prosecutors have again delayed a hearing to determine whether suspected Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried as a juvenile or adult.
A judge ruled Monday that all the statements that Caleb Sharpe gave Spokane County sheriff’s detectives just minutes after the Freeman High School shooting can be used in the hearing to determine whether he faces a murder charge as an adult.
The hearing required by law to be held within 14 days to determine whether suspected Freeman shooter Caleb Sharpe is tried as a juvenile or as an adult has been delayed again to this summer, some 11 months after the shooting that killed Sam Strahan.
Students around the Inland Northwest will step out of school Friday to honor those killed in recent shootings. Meanwhile, Ami Strahan will celebrate what should have been her 22nd anniversary with her husband, Scott.
Nearly six months after the shooting at Freeman High School, authorities released about two hours’ worth of 911 recordings related to the incident. They include dozens of calls from frightened students and teachers, from far-flung news reporters seeking information, and from anxious parents and relatives pleading to know if their kids were alright.
Some of her classmates say it’s no use, that nothing can – or will – be done to prevent another mass shooting. But Christina Morrison, a junior at Freeman High School, says she’ll walk out of class on April 20, joining students across the country, to press lawmakers for stricter gun control. She said a few classmates plan to join her for the demonstration, and she hopes to rally more in the coming weeks.
No one can say what motivated Sam Strahan to face the shooter, rather than flee into a classroom as bullets whizzed down the hallway. While the carnage still is hard to fathom, it might have been worse if it weren’t for Sam’s final courageous act.