Judge To Decide Accused Perry Hall Shooter's Charges Wednesday
A hearing to decide whether adult charges against 15-year-old Robert Gladden will be changed to juvenile charges has been rescheduled for Jan. 30.
Following multiple postponements, a hearing to determine the state of charges against 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden, Jr. has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, State's Attorney for Baltimore County Scott Shellenberger announced on Tuesday.
Gladden is accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School's cafeteria on the first day of school and seriously injuring another student. He was charged as an adult with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, among other charges, in the Aug. 27 incident.
Due to delays in holding a juvenile waiver hearing, the beginning of Gladden's criminal trial has also been rescheduled from Jan. 30 to Feb. 19.
During the juvenile waiver hearing, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. will make a final decision on whether Gladden will continue to be charged as an adult or be tried as a juvenile. If tried as a juvenile, Gladden could face significantly less jail time and media scrutiny, Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox previously confirmed.
Cox said he plans to continue to argue that Gladden be tried in adult court, but added that the judge will factor age and available treatment programs into his decision.
Investigators said Gladden brought a disassembled double-barrel shotgun and a bottle of vodka to school in his backpack on Aug. 27. During the first scheduled lunch, he allegedly randomly opened fire in the cafeteria, striking and seriously injuring 17-year-old special needs student Daniel Borowy. Staff members stopped the attack by tackling Gladden and holding him until he was arrested, police said.
The incident caused a national outcry and several charitable and memorial events followed.
Months after the shooting, Gladden remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center, Cox said. He appeared in a bail review hearing in September, but was denied bail pending a mental evaluation. A new bail review hearing was not scheduled.
Psoras's office was not immediately available for comment on Gladden's juvenile waiver hearing.
Days after the shooting, Psoras told the Associated Press that Gladden was a victim of bullying and never intended to harm other students when he brought a gun to school.
Police previously denied these claims, announcing that bullying was not believed to be a factor and that Gladden acted deliberately.
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