Crime
3:01 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Will Re-Consider Guilty Plea in Heath High Shooting

A federal appeals court has set an October 10th hearing date to take up the case of the man convicted in the 1997 Heath High School shooting in Paducah.

29-year-old Michael Adam Carneal pleaded to killing three classmates and wounding five. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether he waited too long to try and withdraw his guilty plea. A federal judge in Paducah ruled last August that Carneal could have moved sooner to withdraw the guilty plea, but Carneal's attorneys say he wasn't mentally competent to withdraw the plea within the proscribed time limits. Carneal is serving life in prison with a chance at parole after 25 years.