PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two-day motions hearing in the case of Braiden McCahren wrapped up late this morning in a Pierre courtroom. The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault. He was indicted for the charges after the shooting death at the McCahren home of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in 2012.
The hearing resumed this morning after being closed to the public on Thursday to allow both sides in the case to discuss whether or not to exclude the testimony of a juvenile identified as T.D. from next month’s trial.
During this morning’s hearing, the defense and prosecution argued their sides on motions ranging from whether certain calls recorded from the jail between McCahren and other teens would be admissible–to a defense motion to suppress statements McCahren made to two police officers on the day of the shooting-December 18, 2012.
Within the next week, both the defense and prosecution will submit written briefs with their respective viewpoints on whether the juvenile T.D. should be allowed to testify at McCahren’s trial. Judge John Brown is expected to announce his decision on the various motions presented over the past two days within the next few weeks.
A jury trial will begin September 15 in Tripp County.
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