Mom says Ind. school shooting suspect was troubled

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Posted: Apr 19, 2011 2:27 PM
Mom says Ind. school shooting suspect was troubled

The mother of a 15-year-old boy accused in a central Indiana school shooting says her drinking fueled her son's anger.

Fifty-seven-year-old Karen Quickery told a Morgan County judge Tuesday that she wasn't a good disciplinarian. The suspect's four siblings testified that they all had been in trouble with the law as juveniles.

The teen faces attempted murder, aggravated battery and other felony charges in the March 25 incident at Martinsville West Middle School in which 15-year-old Chance Jackson was shot twice in the abdomen. The suspect had been expelled from school just days earlier.

Defense attorney Steve Litz says the testimony shows he is a "troubled young man who is a victim of his circumstances."

The judge will decide if the teen should be tried as an adult.