Teen appears in court for bringing bomb to southern Utah school

Southern Utah

 ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) – The teenager accused of bringing a bomb to Pine View High School in St. George appeared before a judge Monday for a preliminary hearing.

The state called several witnesses to the stand and showed evidence including photographs of the device the suspect allegedly made and left in the school, as well as a confession video. 

“Witnesses were mostly law enforcement that responded to the bomb incident, at Pine View High School on March 5th,” said Angela Adams, Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. 

ISIS videos found on the boy’s internet search history were also shown in court. 

The teen is accused of raising an Islamic-state flag just a week before he planted the explosive in the school’s cafeteria. 

“It’s always been a homemade flag and I think it goes to the state’s theory that the juvenile was able to use materials you know, that were available to him in his own home, to create that flag, and to create the terror and concern in this community,” said Adams.

The teenager is charged with attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction. 

“The defense has asked some cross-examination questions, but I think the state’s evidence has stayed strong,” said Adams.

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