Psychologists say a Pierre teenager accused of shooting and killing a classmate likely has an underdeveloped brain that impairs his ability to think clearly, and he would be better off in a facility where he could receive treatment.
Seventeen-year-old Braiden McCahren has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the Dec. 18 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. A hearing is being held on whether McCahren's case should remain in adult court - where he's scheduled for trial next month - or be moved to juvenile court.
Psychologists Rod Swenson and Thomas Price testified Thursday that McCahren would be better off in a facility such as the State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy. They also acknowledged finding a program for him becomes more problematic when he turns 18.
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