Hilliard student accused of school shooting plot to be tried as adult

The teen accused in a plot to shoot students at Hilliard Davidson in 2016 will be tried as an adult. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Hilliard Davidson student accused of planning a mass shooting at the school will be tried as an adult.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Thursday that John Staley, 17, will be tried on one count of conspiracy to commit murder on accusations he planned last year to shoot students at Hilliard Davidson. He was suspended from school after another student told a school resource officer that Staley had been talking about his plan on a school bus.

“Staley had created diagrams of different locations in the school, had attempted to recruit other students to assist in his plan, had written down what weapon types and how much ammunition would be needed, and had used his school issued iPad, and his personal cell phone and computer to research school shootings, how to obtain weapons, and other disturbing information,," O'Brien said.

Staley will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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