PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A judge overseeing the case of a Pierre teenager charged in adult court with killing another teen has granted defense motions to suppress the suspect’s past criminal history during his upcoming trial.
Judge John Brown on Wednesday also agreed to bar statements from juveniles who attended school with Braiden McCahren, but he is allowing limited testimony from several disputed prosecution witnesses including a juvenile with whom McCahren briefly stayed at a juvenile services center in Rapid City.
Brown ruled on nearly a dozen motions in the case. Prosecutor Michael Moore told KCCR radio that both sides are now clear on what evidence will be allowed and can move forward with preparations for the two-week trial scheduled to begin Sept. 15 in Winner.
Defense attorney Michael Butler did not immediately respond to requests for comment from KCCR and The Associated Press.
McCahren, 18, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the December 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. McCahren was 16 at the time of the shooting that happened in his home.
McCahren is accused of shooting Williams with a shotgun after first pointing the weapon at another teenage boy following an argument about a paintball game. Previous lawyers who represented McCahren argued that the shooting was accidental, but prosecutors have said McCahren has a history of violent, reckless behavior since childhood.
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