Plea deal talks continue for boy charged in school shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old boy charged with attempted murder in a school shooting near Cincinnati has been put off while efforts continue to reach a plea agreement.

A Butler County juvenile court judge has delayed a hearing scheduled for Tuesday until April 28 for James Austin Hancock.

Hancock has been in juvenile detention since being arrested soon after the Feb. 29 shootings that wounded two students at Madison Local Schools near Middletown.

Authorities have said Hancock took a relative’s loaded gun to school.

His defense attorney, who earlier entered pleas of not guilty on the boy’s behalf, says he remains hopeful of a plea deal.

The county prosecutor says there’s no plea bargain in place.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with crimes, but Hancock’s name has been widely reported.

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