Friday, October 30, 2009

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From the Tyler Paper:
Detention Hearing Set For John Tyler Student
Staff Writer

There will be another detention hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning for the juvenile accused in the stabbing death of John Tyler High School Teacher Todd Henry on Sept. 23. The hearing will take place at the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center in Judge Floyd Getz's courtroom. The youth, who is 16, has been held at the center since the stabbing.

The defendant, a special education student, allegedly fatally stabbed Henry, 52, in the neck and in the chest before class started that morning in his classroom. Randy Reid, Tyler Independent School District Superintendent, said at the time the attack was entirely unprovoked.

It is not known if the state of Texas has filed a formal petition charging the defendant with the crime of murder. The state had until Oct. 22 to do so, Defense Attorney Jim Huggler said earlier this month.

Smith County Assistant District Attorney Taylor Heaton declined comment, and phone calls placed to Huggler's office were not immediately returned.

The defendant signed a waiver to waive two detention hearings which had been scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Huggler said on Oct. 5 that the decision was "the best one for his client."

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