A timeline of events in the sentencing of the Clovis library shooter
Curry County, N.M. (KVII) —
It’s been nearly 18-months since that fateful Monday afternoon when Nathanial Jouett opened fire at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
The then 16-year-old killed two and injured four others on Monday, Aug. 28. Library workers, 61-year-old Wanda Walters and Krissie Carter, age 48 were lost that day. The injured included Howard Jones and siblings, Alexis and Noah Molina.
Now, the lengthy court process is almost at its end. A five-day sentencing hearing begins Monday, Feb. 11 in Curry County.
Here is a timeline of events leading up to this point:
- On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Jouett went before the Curry County Grand Jury and was indicted on 33 counts: two counts of first degree murder, seven counts of child abuse with great bodily harm, four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and 20 counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony. The Grand Jury also decided that Jouett would be charged as an adult. Court documents also revealed that Jouett had plans to shoot up the high school.
- Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, Jouett entered a not guilty plea and waived rights to appear at arraignment. Court documents also revealed that Jouett took two handguns from his father’s safe.
- Then on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, after all local judges recused themselves, Judge James Hudson of Chaves County, was appointed to the case.
- On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, defense attorney, Stephen Taylor, motioned to classify Jouett as a youthful offender.
- Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, a trial date for a month long trial was set for March, 18, 2019 at the Chaves County Courthouse in Roswell, N.M. Taylor files a motion to transfer Jouett to an adolescent treatment facility in Albuquerque where Jouett was accepted for in-patient treatment.
- Then on Thursday, April 12, 2018, Judge Hudson denied the motion to transfer, but ordered an assessment, evaluation to be conducted. Child Psychiatrist, Dr. George Davis, had met with Jouett twice since the shooting and diagnosed him with PTSD and developmental trauma stemming from childhood neglect and abuse.
- On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Taylor said he intended to file a motion to challenge the state’s “serious youthful offender” statute inorder for Jouett to be tried in juvenile court.
- Jouett agrees to plead guilty to all charges against him on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.
- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, the defense attorney filed a motion to have the sentencing portion of the case in juvenile court.
- But on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, Judge Hudson denied amenability saying Jouett will be tried as an adult.
Jouett, now 18-years-old, will be present for the hearing, but his attorney says he may not speak.
Taylor expects to take about a day for his portion of the hearing with statements from the suspect’s family, his therapist, a teacher the suspect was close to, and at least one person from the juvenile detention center.
District Attorney Andrea Reeb, anticipates prosecutors taking up to two days in their initial portion of the hearing which will include 10 impact statements.
According to Taylor, Jouett is hoping for a sentence that will allow him to continue rehabilitative efforts.
Judge Hudson will have full discretion as to the sentence, which could range from probation up to two life sentences plus 96-years.
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