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15 witnesses expected to testify, teen accused of attempted murder

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - News Channel 11 is following a court case we first told you about in September.

More than a dozen witnesses, 15 to be exact, are expected to testify in the case of the 17-year-old South Greene High School student charged with attempted first degree murder.

Sheriff Burns told News Channel 11 at the time of the attack, the student pulled a knife from his waistband and stabbed a 15-year-old student in the back while in the cafeteria.

Since the case is being tried in juvenile court, the student’s name has not been revealed. Also, no cameras are allowed in the proceedings.

Several witnesses testified for the prosecution, including the school’s principal, a student, a teacher, and an EMS worker. And a surveillance 

The defense called several mental health professionals who had worked with the defendant at some point. The psychological expert for the defense says the defendant suffers from depression, psychosis and post traumatic stress disorder.

Witnesses for the defense say the defendant claims to have witnessed a stabbing murder when he lived in Morristown, and that he hears voices.

Witnesses for the defense also tried to establish that the defendant had a strained home life.

The judge called the case to recess after the defense called its last witness.

He said he wants to take his time to deliberate on this case because he is faced with a “potentially life-changing decision.”

If the case remains in the juvenile system, the teen faces a two year sentence.

However, if the case is transferred to adult court and the teen is convicted, he faces 15 to 25 years in prison,

 The judge will announce his ruling on Thursday January 23rd.

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