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1:12 pm
Thu June 17, 2004

Prosecutors Say Carneal Lacks Valid Grounds for New Trial

Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter
Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend
the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County
Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal
waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed
their minds about his mental state.

Kaltenbach, in the motion, argues that a new trial in the case
is not warranted. Carneal is the former Heath High School
student who is serving a life sentence without the chance of
parole for 25 years. He pleaded no contest in October of 1998
to killing three students and injuring five others in December of
1997.

Carneal's attorneys filed a motion June first, asking for a new
trial. In their motion they said Carneal was much more mentally
ill at the time of his trial proceedings than anyone suspected.