• Case moves forward against teen accused of shooting classmate

    By: Trish Williford

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    ALBEMARLE, N.C. - Stanly County prosecutors are building their case against a 15-year-old former Albemarle High School student charged with shooting a  classmate.

    Albemarle police said Jalen Russell got into an argument with the victim, Bernard Miller, last September and shot Miller two times on the school campus.

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    The district attorney announced that Russell will be tried as an adult.

    Ken Harris, the attorney for Miller's family, said they're pleased, but are watching the case very closely.

    “We're being helped by the fact that the criminal process is moving forward, and as they gather facts, we are, of course, privy to those,” Harris said.

    Russell has been assigned a court-appointed attorney who could use bullying as part of Russell's defense.


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    Shortly after the shooting, Russell's grandmother told Channel 9 that he was taunted and bullied at Albemarle High. She said bullies threatened to beat Russell and even kill him.

    She said that's why he took a gun to school to defend himself.

    Miller's attorney is aware of those claims.

    “I recall that the allegation was made, and I'm sure that as the investigations conclude we'll hear more about that,” Harris said.

    Harris said Miller has not been able to return to school and has a long way to go as he continues to recover from his injuries. 

    Harris said the teen is looking forward to Russell's trial.

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