Judge to hear motions in West Liberty school shooting case

posted by Ken Stevens/Associated Press - 

URBANA, Ohio (AP)-- A defense attorney will argue that the case of a teen charged in a West Liberty school shooting that wounded two students should be moved back into juvenile court for a hearing.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that a Champaign County judge is set to hear arguments Wednesday on defense motions in Ely Serna's case.

Serna has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including attempted murder in the shooting last year at West Liberty-Salem High School.

His attorney says Serna should have gotten a hearing on his likelihood of rehabilitation in the juvenile system before the case was moved to adult court.

Authorities allege the 17-year-old Serna fired a shotgun at a classmate, critically wounding him and slightly injuring another student.

No motive has been disclosed.

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