Freeman school shooting suspect wants statements, video sealed
SPOKANE, Wash — The former Freeman High School student who admitted opening fire at Freeman High School last fall wants statements he made to police sealed from public view.
Caleb Sharpe’s attorneys filed the motion to seal the statements last month. Sharpe is still awaiting determination as to whether or not he’ll be tried as an adult.
One student was killed and three others injured in the shooting in September 2017.
Defense attorney Bevan Maxey writes about statements his client made to detectives immediately after his arrest.
“The majority of Mr. Sharpe’s responses to Detective Bonney’s questions are highly sensational and serve only to prejudice Mr. Sharpe in the face of the community,” the motion says.
Maxey also wants sealed the surveillance video of the incident taken inside Freeman High School, which has already been given to prosecutors.
“The surveillance footage only serves to inflame sensibilities against Mr. Sharpe and offers no information that would be useful to the public,” Maxey wrote. Maxey says it’s sensational because it shows the death of a student.
Maxey cites Sharpe’s 6th Amendment right to a fair trial.
Maxey says sealing the materials would make it so that the public and unauthorized personnel can’t see the materials.
Earlier this year, Sharpe’s attorney tried to argue that his statements should not be allowed at his trial; that motion was denied.
A decision on whether or not to try Sharpe as an adult has been moved several times and now is scheduled for early next year.
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