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Judge Rules Teen Unfit for Trial in Shooting Case

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A 15-year-old Joplin boy accused of firing an assault rifle inside a middle school is not mentally competent to stand trial as an adult. That from Jasper County Circuit Judge David Mouton, who has turned Thomas White over to mental health authorities for evaluation.

 White was 13 when he allegedly pointed a rifle in the direction of students and teachers, fired a round into a hallway ceiling and tried to shoot the principal at Joplin's Memorial Middle School. Police say the gun jammed because of an improperly seated ammunition clip, and no one was injured in the October 2006 incident.

White has been held in isolation at the Jasper County Jail since December 2006. His family has been unable to post a $250,000 bond to get him released while the case is pending. The judge wants a report back in six months on the boy's condition.

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