Defense will ask judge to move accused Mattoon school shooter to a different facility

The man defending a teen accused in the Mattoon High School shooting says his client's psychiatric evaluation is complete.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 7:05 PM

CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTHI) - The lawyer defending a teen charged in the Mattoon High School shooting says his client's psychiatric evaluation is complete. The psychiatrist who performed that evaluation is Dr. Lawrence Jeckel of Champaign, Illinois.

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He's now expected to testify at the next status hearing. The teen's defense lawyer also said he'll be filing a motion in the next week. Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower told News 10 he expects the motion to use Dr. Jeckel's findings as evidence to move the boy from a juvenile detention facility.

"I don't know what they're recommending," Bower said. "Our job is to do justice and protect the public."

A detention facility houses the now 15-year-old. That's where he's been held since his arrest following the shooting incident in September. The shooting injured one person. A teacher is credited with saving many lives by tackling the suspect, allowing a school resource officer to disarm the teen. 

The teen's next hearing is February 2nd at 1 p.m. CST. Members of his family filled an entire row inside the courtroom. The teen boy gave them a wave goodbye as he left.

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