Boy accused of bringing gun to school remains in custody

Today's hearing postponed due to new reports

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown

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Updated: November 12, 2013, 9:24 AM

 

A court hearing set for Tuesday for Quincy J. Tuttle, an 11-year-old accused of bringing a gun and more than 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School, has been postponed for a week.

Clark County Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider reset the hearing, which will determine whether Tuttle is mentally competent to be charged with attempted murder and other weapons-related crimes, for Nov. 19. Until then, he remains in custody.

The Nov. 19 hearing could also resolve whether the boy can be released from detention to the custody of his parents pending trial. A mental health report that addresses his ability to aid in his defense had just been received by prosecution and defense attorneys, prompting Tuesday’s postponement.

Tuttle was last in court Oct. 29, when he erupted in a fit of cursing and refused to leave the courtroom after he was ordered to remain in custody.

The case against Tuttle, a student at the school, drew national media attention Oct. 23, when he brought the handgun, ammunition and kitchen knives to the school, according to court documents. Police said he planned to shoot another student who had called his friend “gay,” according to an initial probable cause affidavit filed in court. But revised court documents revealed that Tuttle may have wanted to shoot two students.

Tuttle has been in custody since Oct. 23, when police officers found a .22-caliber handgun and two loaded .22-caliber magazines in his front pants pocket, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. Police said they found 463 rounds of ammunition, six large kitchen knives, a steak knife and a pair of two-way radios in his backpack.

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