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Clovis shooting suspect to be tried as adult

Leonard Tapia
September 08, 2017 07:00 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- A grand jury in Curry County District Court on Friday decided to charge the teen as an adult after investigators say he opened fire inside the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

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Nathaniel Jouett, 16, is accused of killing two librarians and wounding four others people in the shooting that rocked the community. The Curry County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion last week to charge Jouett as an adult, and that motion was granted Friday in court.

Jouett now faces 33 charges which include two counts of first-degree murder, one count of child abuse, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and more than 20 counts of assault.

Residents say they hope justice is served.

 “Under the circumstances, you have to be accountable for what you do,” said John Vineyard, who lives in Clovis.

The district attorney’s office said an arraignment will be scheduled in Curry County District Court within 15 days. Jouett could face two life sentences plus 108 years in prison if he is found guilty.

“I think so far the court system has been handling it the way they should. I know there are a lot of different opinions, but mine is that justice has to be served,” Vineyard said.

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