A trial for the former Hilliard Davidson High School student accused of plotting a mass shooting at the school has been continued to May 7, according to Franklin County Court of Common Pleas records.
John Leonard Staley III was arrested in October 2016 and charged with a delinquency count of conspiracy to commit murder after another Davidson student told a school resource officer Staley was discussing the plot while on a school bus, according to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.
The continuance was not unexpected.
O’Brien and Stephen Palmer, an attorney for Staley, both told ThisWeek in December that no trial would occur Jan. 4.
They said a plea would be reached or the trial would be continued.
In September, juvenile court Judge Terri Jamison ordered Staley, a northwest Columbus resident, to be tried as an adult and the case was assigned to Judge David Cain.
Staley, then 17, was indicted Sept. 28 for conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony.
Staley entered a not guilty plea Oct. 2, according to court records.