Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sebastian Olivares-Coster Pleads Not Guilty out of Great Falls, Montana ran the story about an unusual court appearance in which the teen charged with murder in the June 3rd shooting pleaded not-guilty.

The Helena teen charged in a shooting that killed one and injured two others has pleaded not guilty.

Seventeen-year-old Sebastian Olivares-Coster pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide and two counts of attempted deliberate homicide in district court Wednesday morning. He’s accused of killing 16-year-old Cory Andrewski and injuring 16-year-old Joey Wohlers and 15-year-old Kahner Leary on June 3.

Court records suggest Olivares-Coster inserted himself into an argument between two boys over the affections of a 15-year-old girl. Events leading up to the shooting included organizing a fight through text messaging and meeting at a park.

Olivares-Coster made his plea by teleconference from a juvenile detention center in Great Falls before Judge Dorothy McCarter.

A trial has been set for Sept. 21.

Last time we discussed this case it seems I offended some of our friends in Montana. It was unintentional as I explained to them in my several apologies. This time I'll try to be more careful.

Where did the gun come from, has anyone heard that? What was the real reason for the shooting? According to one of the commenters, it wasn't exactly what's been reported in the press.

This seems like speedy trial. Is it normally that fast? Isn't that one of our constitutional rights?

What's your opinion? Do you think it was a squabble over a girl? Is this just another case of a young man who has under-developed conflict-management skills reaching for a gun?

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