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Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter To Request Juvenile Trial

Robert Gladden, Jr., 15 was charged as an adult in the Perry Hall High School student shooting on Aug. 27. A hearing on Jan. 3, could lead to those charges being changed to juvenile.

UPDATE (Jan. 3)—Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial - http://patch.com/A-0MZF

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The student accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School's cafeteria is requesting to be tried as a juvenile in Baltimore County Circuit Court. 

Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. is expected to make a final decision about whether 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden, Jr. should be tried as an adult during a juvenile waiver hearing on Jan. 3, Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox confirmed.

A previous juvenile waiver hearing was scheduled for Nov. 30, but canceled. Gladden's criminal trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 30.

"We intend to argue that he remain in adult court," Cox said, adding that the judge will factor age and available treatment programs in his decision. If tried as a juvenile, Gladden could face significantly less jailtime and media scrutiny.

Gladden was charged as an adult with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, among other charges, in the Aug. 27 shooting.

Investigators said he brought a disassembled double-barrel shotgun and a bottle of vodka in his backpack on the first day of school. During the first scheduled lunch, he allegedly randomly opened fire in the cafeteria, striking and seriously injuring 17-year-old special needs student Daniel Borowy. Staff members stopped the attack by tackling Gladden and holding him until he was arrested, police said.

The incident caused a national outcry and several charitable and memorial events have followed.

Months after the shooting, Gladden remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center, Cox said. He appeared in a bail review hearing in September, but was denied bail pending a mental evaluation. A new hearing was not scheduled.

Gladden was formerly represented by both Columbia attorney Clarke Ahlers and Lutherville attorney George Psoras. Ahlers's office confirmed, however, that he is no longer involved in the case.

Psoras's office was not immediately available for comment on Gladden's scheduled juvenile waiver hearing.

Days after the shooting, Psoras told the Associated Press that Gladden was a victim of bullying and never intended to harm other students when he brought a gun to school.

Police previously denied these claims, announcing that bullying was not believed to be a factor and that Gladden acted deliberately.

Buck Harmon December 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
A perceived psych evaluation is only as good as the perceived evaluation process...which is controlled.... the process is flawed..
BobBaft December 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
PARTY?!?!? WHERE?!?!
laurenrenee December 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I am a bus,attendant for bcps and after hearing about this there alot of kids now that think it,funny so they are taking weapons to school so not Kool
Lexa Newman December 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I think that when a 15-year old shoplifts in a 7-11, walking out with a soda and a pocketful of candy, he or she can argue that he or she should be charged as a juvenile. When a 15-year old gets charged in a playground fight over something stupid, and no one is seriously hurt, they can request to be charged as a juvenile. When a 15-year old obtains alcohol illegally and most importantly, a deadly weapon illegally, with the intent to do harm, that removes him from the realm of juvenile treatment. By some kind of miraculous stroke of luck, Mr. Gladden didn't kill anyone on the first day of school. That doesn't mitigate towards his being charged as a juvenile. The alochol he had in his system might have made it easier for him to pull the trigger, therefore clouding his judgement. That shouldn't mitigate in favor of his being charged as a juvenile either. What he did was wrong on all levels, including the adult level.
Emily Kimball January 03, 2013 at 08:22 PM
UPDATE (Jan. 3)—Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial - http://patch.com/A-0MZF.

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