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Indiana Senate backs law change after school shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The shooting at a suburban Indianapolis middle school last year has legislators looking to change state law so that children as young as 12 could face attempted murder charges in adult court.

The Indiana Senate voted 45-3 on Monday in favor of a bill under which prosecutors could ask a judge to move such cases involving 12-and-13-year-old youths from juvenile court.

Prosecutors couldn’t seek adult charges against the 13-year-old boy who wounded a classmate and teacher at Noblesville West Middle School because no one died in the May 25 shooting. The current minimum age for possible adult charges in attempted murder cases is 14.

Bill sponsor Sen. Erin Houchin of Salem says the heroism of teacher Jason Seaman tackling the boy prevented mass murder.

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