Student accused in Manassas High shooting appears in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Student accused in Manassas High shooting appears in court

The teen who shot a classmate at a Memphis high school will remain in juvenile court custody, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Police claim Markees Smith brought a gun to school last month.  It went off in his pocket, hitting his friend in the arm and grazing his chest.

Wednesday, Smith's hearing in Juvenile Court came to a screeching halt when his mother broke-in and told the judge she didn't agree with her son's attorney.

She wanted the court to make an immediate decision, unable to bear her son would be in jail another week.

"I don't have nothing to say about it," she said outside court. "Nothing."

The hearing began as expected.  Smith's attorney told the judge his client admitted to the shooting, but that the gun went off accidentally.  The student he shot, Anthony Williams, testified Smith is his friend and it was an accident.

Smith's attorney asked for a week to collect more information and asked Smith be released on bond.  The judge refused because the shooting happened inside a school.

Family spokesman Norman Redwing said jail is not the answer.

"He should be held accountable for carrying a gun, but jail or imprisonment, I don't think, is the solution for this child."

Redwing showed the judge 27 character witness letters, including a letter from the teacher in the classroom during the shooting, who said she never had any trouble with Smith.

Williams' family is also supporting the teen.

"I'm just praying that everything will work out for Markees and his family," said Judy Nealon, Smith's aunt. "Like my mom said, it was an accident and Markees, he seems like a very humble, nice young man."

Smith's attorney had no comment.

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