Kentucky Supreme Court hears school shooting case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court has finished hearing arguments in the case of a high school shooter who killed three classmates and wounded five others in western Kentucky in 1997.

Michael Carneal, now 25, claims he was too mentally ill to plead guilty in 1998 to going into Heath High School in west Paducah and shooting eight students who were gathered for an informal prayer service.

The Supreme Court will decide whether Carneal should get a new competency hearing and trial.

He's serving a sentence of life without parole for at least 25 years for the Dec. 1, 1997 shooting that happened when he was 14.

The high court heard the arguments Thursday at the University of Louisville law school.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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