PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A pretrial hearing was held this morning in a Pierre courtroom in the case of a Pierre teen charged with murder and assault in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Pierre boy in 2012. Braiden McCahren, now 18-years-old, pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the shooting of Dalton Williams. McCahren is to be tried on the charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault. McCahren’s trial will get underway in about a week and a half, with jury selection in Winner on September 15.
In court this morning, special prosecutor Mike Moore and attorneys for McCahren went through a list of various motions. Judge John Brown ruled on each. One of defense motions asked the judge to prohibit the wearing of clothing or other items referencing Williams. Members of Williams’ family and supporters have been wearing buttons bearing Williams’ picture at hearings that have taken place for the past year and a half. Brown ruled to allow family and supporters to wear the buttons at this month’s trial.
The defense and prosecution also presented their sides on a motion made by McCahren’s lawyers to exclude the showing of certain investigative photos taken of Williams following the shooting. Of the nine photos discussed, Brown allowed the use of three.
In addition, Brown ruled that two witnesses will be allowed to testify on the reputation of a third teen who was at the McCahren home when the shooting happened-identified by the initials T.Y. Brown will also allow 3-4 witnesses to testify on the character of a teen who authorities call T.D. In 2013, McCahren was at a Rapid City facility for a few days-at the same time as T.D. Both T.Y. and T.D. are expected to be questioned during the trial.
The trial portion of the case was moved to Tripp County and a jury will be selected beginning September 15. Plans call for the prosecution to begin offering evidence on September 17 and it’s believed the defense will start presenting its side of the case on September 22. Two weeks have been set aside for the upcoming trial.