Judge rejects defense motion for fitness hearing
Bryan Oliver will stand trial as an adult for the shooting of classmate Bowe Cleveland in a Taft Union High School classroom.
A Kern County Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion by Oliver's attorney for a fitness hearing where the case could have been sent to juvenile court, where Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the Jan. 10 shooting, would have faced much less severe penalties if convicted.
Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman has argued that because of the defendant's age he should have had a fitness hearing to determine if it was proper to hold the trial in juvenile court.
Oliver is facing charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.
Oliver is accused of taking a .12-gauge shotgun to a second floor classroom in the TUHS science building and shooting Cleveland, He is also accused of attempted to shoot another student.
The incident was brought under control when Oliver surrendered the weapon to a teacher and TUHS campus security,
Oliver has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Cadman has said Oliver was being bullied in the time leading up to the shooting.
Oliver is being held on $1.5 million bail in juvenile hall.