Judge finds Martinsville teen guilty in school shooting

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Martinsville school in March has been found guilty today of attempted murder.  Morgan Superior Court Judge G. Thomas Gray issued his verdict after a ten-minute trial – and after the defendant waived his right to a jury trial.  Michael Phelps was accused of shooting 15-year-old Chance Jackson.  Jackson was shot twice and survived, but is still recovering.  During the trial, the teenagers were the only two to testify.  Phelps told the judge he intended to kill Jackson when he shot him.  Despite the short trial and guilty verdict, defense attorney Steven Litz was positive about the future of his client.

 Litz on Martinsville Case 

Because of his attempted murder conviction, Phelps could face up to 50 years in prison when his sentencing is decided on August 12th.

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