Court Setback For SD Teen Murder Suspect
by Associated Press
June 12, 2013 9:05 AM
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 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. 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.