Status Hearing Held for Teen Accused in December Shooting

Hughes County Courthouse Logo (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A status hearing was held this afternoon for a Pierre teen charged in a December shooting.  16-year-old Braiden McCahren was indicted on charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of Aggravated Assault and pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month.  McCahren is accused in the shooting death of another teen-Dalton Williams.  The 16-year-old Williams died after an incident at McCahren’s home on December 18.  It’s also alleged that McCahren pointed a gun at another 16-year-old boy who was also at the home.

McCahren appeared before Judge John Brown via an interactive television hookup between the Hughes County Jail and the Hughes County Courthouse.  His attorney told the judge that he continues to receive material relevant to the case from the States Attorney’s office and that he is reviewing the items.  Hughes County States Attorney Max Gors told the judge that there is information still coming in on the case, but that this phase should be completed soon.  He said a coroner’s report is the most recent item to be received, but that there are a number of tests still to be run.

The courtroom was full for today’s hearing, so Judge Brown set McCahren’s next court appearance for a time that isn’t one of the regularly scheduled court days; which will be February 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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