Court Rejects New Hearing For School Shooter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man serving prison time for a western
Kentucky school shooting has lost his bid for a new competency hearing and trial.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that 25-year-old
Michael Carneal should not get a new competency hearing based on
claims that he was more mentally ill at the time of the 1997 shootings than anyone realized. The high court also rejected Carneal's claims that his lawyer was ineffective.

Carneal is serving a sentence of life without the chance of parole for at least 25 years for the shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, when he was 14.

The ruling reversed a decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals last year to give Carneal a new competency hearing. Carneal argued that he was incompetent to plead guilty to killing three classmates and wounding five others.

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