Trial date set for teen accused in Champaign Co. school shooting

Ely Serna in court (WDTN photo/file photo)

URBANA, OH (AP) — A trial date has been set for a teenager accused in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students.

A Champaign County Pleas Common Pleas judge has set 17-year-old Ely Serna’s trial for Aug. 21. The judge said at a Thursday hearing that he wants the case resolved before students return to class at West Liberty-Salem High School this fall.

Authorities allege Serna fired a shotgun at a classmate in a bathroom at the school Jan. 20, critically wounding him, and then fired at classrooms. Another student was slightly injured.

Not-guilty pleas have been entered for Serna to charges of attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses in the attack at the school in West Liberty, about 55 miles northwest of Columbus.

Serna’s bond remains at $1 million. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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