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SULLIVAN -- Jalon Warren pleaded not guilty to charges of making a terrorist threat, a Class X felony, and making a threat against a school building, a Class 4 felony, Monday after police said he made a bomb threat against Sullivan High School in March.

Warren, 18, appeared in Moultrie County Court and voluntarily waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to court records. He requested a jury trial and will return to court July 19 for a pretrial hearing. Warren's trial was set for 9 a.m. July 30, court records show.

State's Attorney Jeremy Richey represented the prosecution in Warren's case Monday, records show. A representative of the state's attorney's office said Monday afternoon that the office would not comment on the case "due to its nature," but did not elaborate.

Philip Tibbs, a Decatur-based defense attorney who represented Warren on Monday, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Warren was arrested March 23 after officers were contacted by the school district to investigate a bomb threat written on a sticky note that was found on a bathroom mirror in the high school.

In a statement, school Superintendent Ted Walk said high school and middle school students were dismissed while law enforcement and school administration searched the building and grounds. No evidence of a bomb was found, he said.

Warren remained in the Moultrie County Detention Center on Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond. A bond-reduction hearing will be Thursday, court records show.


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