The juvenile accused of bringing a selfmade explosive tool to at least one Southern Utah highschool and vandalizing some other previous this 12 months gave the impression in court docket for his initial listening to Monday morning. 

Deputy Washington County Attorney Angela Adams, one among two primary prosecutors within the case, stated the initial listening to shall be key on this juvenile’s case as as to if he’s going to be attempted as an grownup in fifth District Court.

It is the state’s burden, Adams stated, to ascertain possible motive that was once concerned within the separate incidents at Pine View and Hurricane top faculties. If the necessities for possible motive are met, the court docket will decide if the 16-year-old boy shall be attempted as an grownup. He’s charged with two first-degree felonies and one misdemeanor depend when it comes to the 2 incidents.

The state known as 9 witnesses on Monday, and juvenile court docket Judge Paul E. Dame invoked the exclusionary rule — that witnesses are barred from talking with different witnesses within the case referring to their testimonies — on the request of the teen’s protection lawyers Steven and Matthew Harris. 

The testimonies had been associated with evidence accumulated at either one of the top faculties and on the boy’s place of abode in Hurricane City. In addition, the state confirmed the court docket a video recording of ‘s interview with St. George police Detective Brandon Dunbar on the time he was once arrested. 

During the interview, the juvenile admitted to officials he on my own was once liable for the suspected bomb or improvised incendiary device (IID) located at Pine View High School on March 5 in addition to changing the American flag with an ISIS flag at Hurricane High School and “tagging” one among its partitions with pro-ISIS graffiti on Feb. 15. 

Juvenile tells police he ‘sought after to motive some concern’ 

According to police testimony and more than a few government who testified to responding to an incident at PVHS on March five, a suspected bomb or IID was once positioned within the cafeteria throughout the lunch hour. 

Dunbar testified that he replied to PVHS after he was once knowledgeable an improvised bomb was once positioned, and he was once directed by way of the college’s primary to a scholar who was once known as a possible suspect. 

CLOSEProsecutors present evidence vs. teen

The prosecution calls witnesses throughout the morning consultation of the initial listening to for the Pine View High School bomb suspect Monday, June 19, 2018.
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According to his testimony, Dunbar and some other police officer positioned the coed at the soccer box after an evacuation had taken position. He testified that he requested him a couple of questions on the scene and later detained him and wondered him on the police division. 

The video, which is round 4 hours in duration, begins with the detectives striking the boy in an interview room. He sits within the room for a time period, in short speaking to himself or whistling whilst he waits to be wondered. 

“Walk me through the day,” Dunbar requested the juvenile. 

In the video, describes how one among his members of the family drove him to and from his scheduled categories on the Success Academy and PVHS. He defined that he arrived on the faculty, went to the library for round 20 mins and went to the cafeteria when the lunch bell rang. 

The boy to begin with instructed police he handiest arrived to the college with one backpack; then again, one of the most detectives wondering him instructed him he was once observed on surveillance cameras with two backpacks. 

He admitted he did in truth carry two backpacks with him to college that day, and he set one among them down within the cafeteria when he was once talking with a pal, in keeping with the video. His pal then discussed he noticed the backpack was once smoking. 

“I don’t know what the crap happened,” the juvenile stated within the video, including that he handiest knew his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps uniform was once inside of.

The officials instructed the juvenile what police had positioned within the backpack: suits, a can, canning lids, pellets of a few kind, bottles of what they believed to be gas, and different pieces. 

“You struck the match, didn’t you?” Dunbar requested within the taped interview. 

“Yes,” the juvenile spoke back. 

The boy went on to give an explanation for his intent was once “to cause some fear” in other people, and he were making plans to carry the backpack to college for a number of weeks after he did some on-line analysis. 

During the interview, the juvenile stated “it was pretty cool” to peer the bomb squad arrive at PVHS and the evacuation happen after he lit the tool inside of his backpack. 

“I’ve been looking at ISIS stuff, so I wanted to see what would happen and what people would think,” the juvenile instructed the officials. 

When detectives requested the boy what he would have concept if different scholars would have got harm or injured because of his backpack, he spoke back “I wouldn’t really care.” 

“I don’t see death as anything bad, I see it as a new way of life,” he stated throughout the interview. “I expected the thing to go off.” 

Following his confession within the interview room, the detectives knowledgeable the boy they might most likely seek his house, they usually requested him if there was once anything they must find out about like further bombs or possibly a shuttle twine inside his room that will set one thing else off. 

“That would have been a smart idea,” the juvenile spoke back within the video. 

The officials requested the juvenile if he was once concerned within the vandalism incident at HHS, and he admitted that he rode his motorbike to the college within the early hours of the morning to unfold the ISIS propaganda that was once spotted by way of neighborhood participants hours later.

Following the video that was once performed within the court docket, Adams stated the importance of the confession video is that at some extent the juvenile took duty for each incidents at HHS and PVHS. 

Adams stated the boy “got to a point where he was very interested in opening up” and speaking about his plan to execute the incidents throughout that interview. 

Officers testify to evidence of bomb at Pine View High School 

One witness — Michael Koester, the PVHS faculty useful resource officer — described intimately how he was once alerted to the backpack that was once positioned on the faculty, what he discovered within the backpack, and the way he got rid of the obvious danger from the college.

When taking a look on the backpack, Koester testified that it was once open, and he may odor one thing were burned. 

“It was suspicious and shouldn’t have been left in the cafeteria,” Koester stated. “I knew we had some sort of improvised device that was designed to go off.”

Koester testified that he known as SGPD Officer Gage Schimbeck, the Pine View Middle School useful resource officer and member of the Washington County Bomb Squad, to the scene. 

Deputy County Attorney Eric Gentry wondered Schimbeck referring to what he noticed within the backpack. Schimbeck stated the tool was once x-rayed so government may decipher the contents with out if truth be told dealing with it.

Several pictures of the backpack and its contents had been admitted into evidence. Schimbeck testified he positioned a number of pieces together with a powder of a few kind, BB’s or pellets, a container, 3 small water bottles containing an amber liquid, tape, canning lids and an improvised fuse. 

Schimbeck testified it gave the impression the tool was once an IID (a tool intended to start out a hearth) moderately than an explosive tool or a bomb. He additionally stated the tape hooked up to the can appeared as though it was once intended for containment, but it surely was once no longer environment friendly. 

“But it could have been,” Schimbeck stated. 

School janitor, law enforcement officials carry main points of ISIS vandalism to mild 

In regard to the incident at HHS, the primary witness known as to testify was once Leon Gubler, a janitor at the highschool. 

According to Gubler’s testimony, he arrived to the college round 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 15. As he pulled into the automobile parking space, he spotted one of the most partitions at the vocational construction were vandalized with graffiti. 

“The school has been tagged several times over the years,” Gubler stated. 

He stated he took a photograph of the graffiti, which learn “ISIS is comi — ” and despatched it to further faculty government. The photograph he took was once admitted into evidence. 

Shortly in a while, Gubler testified scholars notified him that the American flag at the faculty’s flag pole was once changed with a black spray-painted flag that seemed to depict the ISIS flag. 

“The American flag was damaged and torn,” Gubler testified. 

Gubler stated he took the flags within the faculty, and he described the method of eliminating the graffiti from the outside wall, pronouncing “it took some time” to take away it.

Hurricane Police Department officer Craig Stowe, who serves as the highschool’s useful resource officer, additionally testified in regards to the vandalism incident. 

He stated he was once knowledgeable by way of Gubler of the vandalism whilst he was once on his solution to the college, and after taking a look on the flags and graffiti, he reviewed the campus’ surveillance gadget. 

According to Stowe, he noticed a person way the flagpole round three:30 a.m., and he spotted the individual was once transferring issues up and down at the pole. 

At that point, Stowe stated government believed the suspect was once a male, however the guidelines that got here in from scholars didn’t result in a right away lead within the case. 

During his testimony, Stowe stated he was once notified a suspect was once interviewed by way of SGPD in regards to the bomb incident at PVHS, and that the juvenile had admitted he was once concerned with the vandalism incident in Hurricane. 

Stowe assisted in executing the quest warrant of the boy’s bed room inside of his grandparent’s space, he stated, and he positioned cloth that was once very similar to the material of the selfmade ISIS flag. 

Authorities in finding ‘regarding’ evidence on juvenile’s gadgets and pocket book 

At the time SGPD officials positioned the juvenile at the soccer box, he was once sporting a 2nd backpack. Inside the backpack, officials testified they positioned a pc and pocket book inside of. The boy was once additionally sporting a mobile phone on his individuals, in keeping with court docket testimony. 

Adams stated, on one web page within the pocket book that was once admitted into evidence, had been drawings that seemed to be plans in regards to the introduction of an IID. 

“It was crude,” she stated.

CLOSEProsecutors present evidence vs. teen

The prosecution calls witnesses throughout the afternoon consultation of the initial listening to for the Pine View High School bomb suspect Monday, June 19, 2018.
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Chris Andersen, a distinct agent with the FBI, testified that his forte is in counter-terrorism, and he was once known as to analyze each incidents on the Southern Utah High Schools. 

“When a weapon of mass destruction is identified, the FBI is called out and investigates the incident in a parallel manner to local law enforcement,” he stated. 

The pc and mobile phone had been amongst a number of pieces taken into FBI’s evidence to check, and Andersen testified he reviewed knowledge some other forensics examiner from the FBI had decided was once pertinent to the instances. 

Andersen stated the pc person had seen movies of pro-ISIS propaganda and ISIS recruitment movies. He additionally stated the person was once looking out more than a few seek phrases like “bomb,” “fuse,” “Hurricane,” “ISIS,” “How do westerners become recruited to ISIS,” “ISIS phone number,” and “ways to contact ISIS.”

The FBI was once ready to peer the pc’s person researched knowledge on the right way to find fabrics to create a bomb and seen many tutorial pictures and movies on-line, in keeping with Andersen. 

Andersen additionally testified the pc person was once looking for blueprints of no less than 20 further faculties and places around the state and searched on-line for “tactical knuckle gloves” and “ISIS uniforms.” 

A Facebook account was once related to the pc that belonged to a person who is title matched that of the juvenile suspect, Andersen stated, and it was once created the day after the Hurricane incident, on Feb. 16. 

More witnesses from the state, protection groups to be known as 

The juvenile’s initial listening to will proceed in consultation on Wednesday, the place the state will play further video photos of the boy’s interview with police, Adams stated. 

Steven Harris additionally instructed the court docket the protection plans to name a non-public psychologist along with different witnesses on Wednesday throughout the rest of the initial listening to.

Following the initial listening to, the pass judgement on will decide whether or not or no longer the boy shall be attempted as an grownup. Adams stated it’s the state’s burden to ascertain possible motive to ensure that the case to be transferred to grownup court docket. 

The juvenile has been held within the detention middle all over the court docket complaints. 

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