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Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

Experts: Boy with gun knew right from wrong

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Clark County judge says psychiatric experts at a child treatment center in Lakewood have concluded that a boy accused of bringing a handgun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his middle school last fall knew right from wrong at the time.
The Columbian reports the experts were evaluating the boy’s legal “capacity” to know right from wrong. He was 11 at the time and is accused of planning to kill another student at Vancouver’s Frontier Middle School. The boy’s lawyer says he plans to hire his own psychologist to review the evaluation.
Last December, Superior Court Judge Scott Collier found the boy competent to stand trial.
The judge on Tuesday scheduled a March 4 review hearing, where he may rule on the now 12-year-old boy’s capacity and arraign him in juvenile court on multiple charges, including first-degree attempted murder.
Court documents say the boy told police a voice told him it was a good idea to kill another student who called his friend gay.

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