TAFT, Calif. - A teenager accused of wounding a classmate at Taft Union High School earlier this year will stand trial on attempted murder charges.
A Kern County judge ruled at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence to try suspect Bryan Oliver on two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.
Oliver was 16 at the time of the shooting and is being tried as an adult. He has pleaded not guilty.
Defense attorney Paul Cadman told the Bakersfield Californian that Oliver was bullied by his classmates and snapped.
The family of the wounded teen has filed a claim against the school district, claiming administrators knew or should have known that Oliver was dangerous.
His next court hearing is scheduled for July 31.
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