Alleged Ohio school shooter denies charges, lawyer says

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A lawyer for the 14-year-old accused of a shooting inside an Ohio school cafeteria denied the charges against him during a juvenile court hearing Tuesday.

Monday’s shooting at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Middletown, Ohio, injured four students, all of whom are expected to survive. Two were hit by bullets, while the other two got hurt “either by shrapnel from the handgun or by injuries getting away from the active shooter,” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has said.

The alleged shooter — identified by Jones as James Austin Hancock — is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terrorist threats.

His attorney, identified by the judge as Ed Perry, said Tuesday in court, “We have heard the charges and received the complaints.”

“At this time,” the lawyer added, those charges “will be denied.”