Court Setback for SD Teenage Murder Suspect

Braiden McCahren Entering Hughes County Courthouse June 11, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

 

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A judge is granting prosecutors access to the psychological evaluation of a 17-year-old Pierre boy charged with murder.
Defense attorneys say psychologists who questioned Braiden McCahren went too far, delving into the events surrounding the Dec. 18 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. They say that violated McCahren’s constitutional rights, and the report should be suppressed before prosecutors can even read it.
Prosecutor Michael Moore says he needs access to the report so he can prepare for a hearing on whether it should be allowed at trial. The Capital Journal reports Judge John Brown has granted that access and set a June 27 hearing to further discuss the report.
The next step is a September hearing on whether the case should be transferred from adult court to juvenile court.


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