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Freeman shooter case moves forward

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two weeks after he admitted he opened fire in the hallway of Freeman High School, Caleb Sharpe faced a judge to hear what's next in his case.

The hearing determined that Sharpe's declination hearing, which will decide if he will be tried as an adult, will not take place until April 2, 2018, due to the complexity of the case.

Bevan Maxey, Caleb Sharpe's attorney, commented, "Obviously we would prefer he be handled as a juvenile, that's what he is. He's 15 years old.”

Sharpe wasn't handcuffed or restrained in the courtroom, and appeared calm and collected throughout the proceedings.

The mother of shooting victim Sam Strahan was also present at the trial. She was the last to enter the courtroom, just before Sharpe, and was visibly upset throughout the hearing.

Sharpe is accused of killing Strahan and injuring three other students. He's being held in juvenile detention and will remain there, even if he is tried as an adult.