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Mitchell shooter makes first court appearance

United behind umbrellas, the Cheers family left juvenile court silently Tuesday.

Moments earlier, 17-year-old Corneilous Cheers appeared before a judge, who ordered him held in juvenile custody until his next hearing.

That hearing will likely be his last juvenile hearing.  Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to take his case across town to 201 Poplar.

"We are going to seek a transfer of the juvenile, who I believe is 17 years of age, to be tried as an adult. We have made that decision," District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said.

Cheers faces an attempted first degree murder charge.  Investigators claim he is responsible for the Monday morning chaos on campus at Mitchell High School. Cheers is accused of shooting 19-year-old Stacey Kiser three times during a third period PE class in the school's cafeteria.

According to the police report, Kiser and Cheers had been fighting over the past three months, and the shooting was the result of gang activity.

One day after the shooting, in bad weather and bumper-to-bumper gridlock, parents dropped off students at Mitchell High.  Emotions there were a mixture of saddness and anger.

"I'm hopeful that something seriously can be done to make things a lot better and safer," mother Betty Brown said.

Hope shared across campus after a shooting leaving one student in the hospital and another student in jail.


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