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Teen School Shooter Faces 11 Federal Charges

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7Dnews London

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:45 GMT

The 18-year-old gunman who stands accused of killing 10 people at a Texas high school will face 11 federal charges.

In a statement on Monday, April 8th, the teen's lawyer said all 11 charges were related to the attack. 

It remains unclear exactly what the new charges against Dimitrios Pagourtzis are, as the case against him remains sealed owing to Pagourtzis being a minor at the time of the incident. 

The charges come after the US Attorney's Office, representing the Southern District of Texas, stated that it would not pursue a case against Pagourtzis because he has already been charged in a state court.

Pagourtzis was taken into federal custody on Monday morning. Later in the day, he made his Gaveston court appearance.  

Nick Poehl, who is Pagourtzis's attorney, said the court session was closed to members of the public because his client was only 17 at the time he was first arrested. 

Pagourtzis stands charged of a capital murder, which was laid against him in a state court. The charge relates to the May 2018 shooting at the Sante Fe High School in which eight students and two teachers were killed. An additional 13 people were wounded after he allegedly opened fire inside the school.  

The spokesperson for the US attorney's office, Angela Dodge, declined to offer any comment on the case, saying only that her office would not "have any information to provide in the near future."

Pagourtzis faces the additional charge of aggravated assault against a public servant. But although he is being tried as an adult, Pagourtzis will not be eligible for the death sentence as he was only 17 at the time he was charged. 

While the addition of the federal charges could potentially delay the state's case against Pagourtzis, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady has said the state will nonetheless continue with its case.

According to AP, the federal charges were brought against Pagourtzis after family and friends of the victims pleaded with federal officials to add the charges.


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