Bryan Oliver, 16, pleaded not guilty during arraignment
Teen accused of shooting classmmate faces judge
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On Monday, Bryan Oliver, the teen accused of opening fire at Taft High School on Jan. 10, faced a judge for the first time.
Oliver is facing two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Oliver is accused of entering a science classroom and shooting fellow student Bowe Cleveland in the chest with a shotgun. He then allegedly fired a second shot at another classmate who was in a crowd of students running out of the room.
Teacher Ryan Heber was hit by pellets from the shotgun blast.
The arrest affidavit obtained by 23 ABC revealed Oliver admitted to firing the weapon at the students because they "annoyed and bullied" him.
"I haven't had an opportunity to review any of the discovery in in this case," said David Torres, Oliver's attorney. "I will get that opportunity soon enough and go over the facts of this case with my client."
During the arraignment, Oliver didn't look up from the ground except to address the judge.
Torres made a motion asking the court to exclude media from all of Oliver's court proceedings.
"He's 16 years old," said Torres. "He's a juvenile, and we believe he should not be exposed to the camera at this particular time. Other than that, it's for his safety and that's the primary concern at this time."
The judge denied it and said there was a greater need for the public to know what was happening.
Oliver will be back in court Feb. 20 for a pre-preliminary hearing.
He is being held at juvenile hall. His bail is set at $1.5 million.
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