Hearing on charges in Bremerton school shooting

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- A court hearing Tuesday in Port Orchard may determine whether assault charges will stand against the adults prosecutors blame for a school shooting that nearly killed a Bremerton girl.

Lawyers for the mother of the boy who brought the gun to school and her boyfriend who owns the gun are asking that charges be dismissed

Kitsap County prosecutors say the couple caused the shooting through the negligence of leaving the handgun where the boy could pick it up. He put it in his backpack, and it went off Feb. 22, critically wounding Amina Kocer-Bowman.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/CKUeTS ) the lawyer for the mother, Jamie Chaffin, will argue the case should be moved to Mason County.

The lawyer for her boyfriend, Douglas Bauer, says he didn't cause the shooting.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/