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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- A hearing in the case of the defendant in last fall's shooting at Mattoon High School was held late this afternoon.

A report on the detailed session will be posted at early this evening.

At a January court hearing, it was revealed that the defense attorney of Josiah Lyons, the teenager accused in the Sept. 20 Mattoon High School shooting, is expected to make a motion to place the boy in a different facility.

At the previous hearing, Lyons' attorney, Ed Piraino of Champaign, indicated he will file a motion to find a placement for Lyons other than in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice detention facility, the JG-TC previously reported.

Piraino also signaled that the psychiatrist, Lawrence Jeckel, who was tasked with completing a mental health evaluation for the boy would be willing to offer testimony that would pertain to that motion.

Previously, Jeckel was granted records of Lyons for his mental health evaluation of the boy. As the JG-TC has reported, the evaluation will address the possibility of insanity at the time of the incident, whether the boy is a risk to himself or others, and if he is able to understand and help with his case.


Mattoon Police Chief Jeff Branson speaks at a press conference about the shooting incident at Mattoon High School on Wednesday. 

State's Attorney Brian Bower said a different facility would provide different treatment options for the boy.

A motion has not been filed, so a specific request of a facility was not touched on in the hearing.

Lyons, 14, was an MHS freshman at the time of the Sept. 20 shooting in the school's cafeteria. Another boy, who reportedly was not the intended target, was shot during the incident before the shooter was subdued, according to authorities' accounts. The boy was hit in the upper chest, but accounts indicate that he is recovering from his wounds.

In juvenile court, Lyons is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. It's a felony offense that could lead to his being held in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice until the age of 21.


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