TX - Texas police responding to reports of shooter at Santa Fe High School, 18 May 2018

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    Families worry bill could help accused Santa Fe shooter win early parole

    March 12, 2019

    "Families of those killed and injured in Texas’ deadliest K-12 school shooting last May are raising concerns that a bill to allow parole boards to review cases of juvenile inmates more quickly could reduce the amount of time accused Santa Fe gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis could spend in prison.

    The bill, House Bill 256, would let a juvenile inmates who have been sentenced to life plead their cases in front of a parole board 20 years after being convicted, halving the 40-year period they now must wait.

    While the bill would not guarantee such inmates would be granted parole that early, families of the 10 people killed and 13 injured in the Santa Fe High School shooting say even the possibility of the accused shooter being let out early is cause for outrage.

    Steve Perkins, whose wife Ann was killed in the May 18 massacre, said he and several others plan to travel to Austin to testify against the bill during a public hearing Wednesday. He said he worries that a parole board hearing Pagourtzis’ case may be more sympathetic in 20 years, when memories of the incident have faded. He bemoaned the fact that under existing Texas law, Pagourtzis cannot be sentenced to death or life without parole.

    “They took the death penalty from us, and he only had to serve 40 years before he could be paroled. Now they want to cut that in half?” Perkins said. “Why not just make it a misdemeanor and give him a traffic ticket?”...
    Sahualla said he cannot imagine a parole board giving leniency to someone who killed 10 people and tried to murder more when he was 17.

    “While it’s true the Santa Fe case would be affected, I can’t imagine a parole board saying this is one case where we need to let him out,” Sahualla said.

    That assumption means little to John Conard, whose nephew Jared Conard Black was killed at Santa Fe High School. He plans to travel from Midland to speak at the public hearing in Austin. He worried that allowing family, medical professionals and clergy to vouch for any potential transformations of the accused gunman could make it more likely he will get out early if he is convicted.

    “I don’t think he deserves a second chance,” Conard said. “There may be individual cases the statute provides for, 15- or 16-year-olds who made a terrible mistake, but the victims deserve more consideration than the offenders, especially in a capital murder case.”

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...bill-could-help-accused-Santa-Fe-13683597.php
     
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    Volunteers collect plastic to build benches in honor of Santa Fe HS shooting victims (with clip)

    3/12/19

    "SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) -- A community project could provide some Santa Fe community members with comfort after the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

    Instead of taking a spring break trip, a group of volunteers spent hours finding joy in another way.

    Santa Fe student Brook Bigford says sorting through plastic may be tedious, but she doesn't mind.

    "I love the project, and I know that it's going towards a good cause," Bigford said. ...

    The group is still trying to figure out where the benches will go. The goal is to have the benches finished before the one year anniversary in May."

    Volunteers collect plastic to build benches in honor of Santa Fe HS shooting victims
     
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    Mass shooters will be carved out of parole bill after Santa Fe parents testify against it

    March 13, 2019

    "AUSTIN — A Texas lawmaker has agreed to exclude perpetrators of mass shootings and other multiple murderers from a key criminal justice bill after Santa Fe parents testified against it at a hearing Wednesday.

    House Bill 256 would halve the time to parole for certain underage offenders. Currently, someone who is convicted of capital murder when they're under 18 must serve 40 years before becoming eligible for parole. Rep. Joe Moody's legislation, dubbed the "Second Look" bill, would cut that time down to 20 years.

    The bill has support from policymakers on both side of the political divide, and runs parallel to similar efforts at the federal level. But it came under scrutiny Wednesday when family members of the students and teachers shot and killed at Santa Fe High School last summer opposed its passage....

    As Moody wrapped up debate on his bill in the early evening, he acquiesced.

    "We heard some gut-wrenching testimony today," he said. "But I also know that our discomfort is nothing compared to what these families have gone through."

    Moody said he is still figuring out how to carve out mass shooters from his bill. In an interview after the hearing, he said he was considering exempting anyone convicted of more than one murder. Those convicted as an accomplice under the "law of parties" would likely still be eligible for early parole, Moody said.

    Also at the hearing Wednesday, families of inmates who'd spent years, even decades, behind bars told their loved ones' stories to the committee and urged them to pass this bill....

    The committee did not vote on any of the legislation it debated Wednesday. They can choose to approve or deny these bills at any future meeting. ..."

    Mass shooters will be carved out of parole bill after Santa Fe parents testify against it | Texas Legislature | Dallas News
     
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    ‘I want to know how he left this world’
    Ten months after Santa Fe High shooting, families still seek answers


    March 15, 2019

    "...Families of at least six children and staff members who died in Texas' deadliest K-12 school shooting, and two injured survivors, still are searching for answers 10 months after a teenage gunman blasted his way through the Galveston County school. Each time they have requested records — including medical examiner and autopsy reports — they have been denied.

    The absence of information about the Santa Fe shooting stands in stark contrast to the trove of details released to families and the public in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting three months earlier at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and 17 injured....

    In the 10 months since the Santa Fe High School shooting, law enforcement has not released a detailed timeline of the shooting. There is no official account of the shooter's movements, or whether there was a prolonged exchange of gunfire with police who responded to the scene. There is no indication of a motive or whether school district authorities or local law enforcement had any previous indication that the accused gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a then-17 year-old senior, could be a risk to himself or others.

    No independent commission has investigated what happened at Santa Fe High School, and none have been proposed by state lawmakers. No law enforcement officials have explained why it took 30 minutes to arrest Pagourtzis. No one knows if Santa Fe Independent School District employees or local law enforcement officers in Texas made missteps that may have contributed to the shooting that killed 10 and wounded 13 people.

    The glaring differences in information and accountability for two similar mass shootings boil down to one factor: public records laws.

    Florida's public information statutes are considered among the most robust in the country and give the general public access to information, sometimes within hours of a crime. In Texas, a widely used exception to the state's public information law gives prosecutors broad discretion to withhold information about felonies from the public, news media, victims of crimes, even defendants, until trial.

    For families of those killed or injured at Santa Fe High School who spoke with the Houston Chronicle, the information blockade likely means they will not know how their loved ones were killed or wounded for months, maybe years to come....

    ...For Steve Perkins, the sudden loss of his wife, Ann, has left him feeling like he is living a remote existence — "This is Mars," he says — and the loneliness sparks more questions that only could be answered by the information withheld by law enforcement investigating the shooting.

    "I would at least like to know, did she suffer?" Perkins said. "Because, if I could see that she fell and she just didn't move, I know that she went immediately. And if she didn't go immediately, I at least know that she was passed out."...."

    Ten months after Santa Fe High shooting, families still seek answers

    Details of death hidden- Ann Perkins death certificate:

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    Pagourtzis' murder trial to be moved

    March 20, 2019

    "When Dimitrios Pagourtzis faces a jury on charges he shot and killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, the trial will not be in Galveston County.

    After a hearing Monday, the Galveston County District judge overseeing the case approved a defense request to move the trial out of Galveston County.

    The hearing marked the first time since he allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, killing 10 people and injuring 13, that Pagourtzis made a public appearance.

    Monday’s hearing was the first time the victims, media or Pagourtzis’ own family had seen him in person since the events of May 18, 2018. Pagourtzis’ father, Antonios Pagourtzis, broke down into tears when his son was brought into the room. ... :(

    The judge did not indicate where the trial might be moved. "

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    Families: Feds not planning charges against alleged Santa Fe High shooter

    March 20, 2019

    "GALVESTON — Families of people killed in the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School were told in a private meeting with federal officials that it is unlikely federal charges will be filed against the alleged shooter, participants in the meeting said Wednesday.

    During the meeting Tuesday in the FBI field office in Texas City, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick and FBI officials said they had enough evidence to charge the alleged shooter in connection with unexploded pipe bombs found at the school, the meeting participants said. But the officials reported that the Justice Department was unwilling to move forward on those charges for now...."

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...eds-not-planning-charges-against-13704585.php
     
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    Federal agents take custody of Santa Fe High School shooting suspect (with clip)

    April 8, 2019

    "SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) -- Accused Santa Fe High School shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis was taken into custody by federal agents Monday morning.

    Last month, federal prosecutors said they wouldn't pursue charges against Pagourtzis, sending the following statement to ABC13. ..

    Agents arrived at the Galveston County Jail Monday morning. While officials have not confirmed any changes in the case against Pagourtzis, his attorney says the 17-year-old will face federal charges in the massacre that killed 10 people and wounded 13 others.

    Pagourtzis is already facing state charges after prosecutors say he opened fire inside the high school on May 18, 2018. ...

    The trial for the state charges will be moved out of Galveston County.

    The judge is expected to announce that location during the next court setting on May 10. "

    Federal agents take custody of Santa Fe High School shooting suspect
     
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    Texas school shooting suspect facing 11 federal counts

    April 8, 2019

    "HOUSTON (AP) - An attorney for an 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school says federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against the former student after previously indicating they would not.

    Attorney Nick Poehl says he doesn't know what charges Dimitrios Pagourtzis is facing because the federal case is sealed as a result of Pagourtzis being a minor when the shooting occurred last year.

    Pagourtzis appeared in federal court in Galveston on Monday afternoon...."

    School shooting suspect facing 11 federal counts
     
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    Why is the teenager accused in Santa Fe shooting facing secret federal proceedings?

    April 9, 2019

    "The teenager accused in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School appeared at a closed-door federal court proceeding Monday in Galveston, raising questions from the community and many of the victims' family members about the secrecy.

    The short answer is the federal law requires that courts shield juveniles from public hearings unless they are adjudicated adults and federal jurisdiction is established.

    Such proceedings are very rare, according to former U.S. Attorney Ken Magidson and Federal Public Defender Marjorie A. Meyers.

    Federal prosecutors can initiate federal delinquency proceedings if there are charges that cannot be brought in state court. The prosecutors may also petition the federal court to try a juvenile as an adult, according to the U.S. Code. The historic idea behind such laws is that a youth could not entertain the same intent to commit a crime that a mature adult could, according to a Justice Department summary...."

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...ger-accused-in-Santa-Fe-shooting-13751285.php
     
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