WASECA, Minn. (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy in Waseca has pleaded not guilty to charges that he plotted to kill his family and then stage an attack on his school.
The teenager wore arm and leg shackles and an orange jumpsuit during his appearance Monday in Waseca County. He answered Judge Gerald Wolf's questions in a calm, clear voice.
Wolf ordered a study to determine whether the boy should be charged as an adult. The study will include psychological exams and is expected to take several weeks.
Prosecutors say the teenager outlined his plan for a school attack in a 180-page journal. He was arrested at a storage locker that authorities say contained bomb-making materials, and had numerous guns in his room.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) --A woman credited with potentially averting a school attack in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca says the suspect acted strangely as he approached a self-storage facility near her apartment.
Chelsie Schellhas tells The Free Press of Mankato she watched him cut though her back yard to reach the facility. She says he slogged through calf-deep puddles instead of taking a parallel path on the dry road. She watched him struggle for about 10 minutes to unlock a unit before finally sliding open the door, stepping inside and closing it. She had her cousin call police.
Court documents say police found the 17-year-old working with bomb-making material by the light of a single lamp. He told police he was planning to kill his family and attack Waseca Junior-Senior High School.