Pierre Boy’s Case Appealed to Supreme Court

Braiden McCahren September 5, 2013 (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Lawyers for a Pierre boy accused of fatally shooting a classmate have followed up a judge’s ruling and appealed to move the case to juvenile court.

The South Dakota Supreme Court says it has received an appeal from 17-year-old Braiden McCahren.

He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 18 shooting of 16-year-old Dalton Williams.

The shooting took place in the McCahren home. He was 16 years old at the time. A third 16-year-old juvenile also was present.

McCahren had been scheduled to stand trial as an adult starting Oct. 21 in Pierre, but the judge granted a defense request for a delay.

The defense wants to appeal the judge’s September decision that McCahren should stand trial as an adult.

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