New Mental Health Evaluation Ordered In School Shooting
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A second mental health evaluation has been ordered for a man suspected of wounding two eighth-graders outside their suburban Denver middle school after the first evaluation determined he was insane at the time of the shooting.
Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the Feb. 23, 2010, shooting at Deer Creek Middle School. Eastwood faces 15 charges, including attempted first-degree murder.
His trial had been scheduled to begin next month but is now scheduled for Sept. 16.
Jefferson County District Attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell says a judge last week denied a change of venue request by defense attorneys.
Unarmed teachers on sidewalk patrol are credited with stopping the shooting by tackling Eastwood and restraining him until deputies arrived.
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