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Trial of alleged Perry Hall shooter scheduled to begin Feb. 19
Trial of alleged Perry Hall shooter scheduled to begin Feb. 19

Officer Gary Gephardt heard a loud pop from the Perry Hall High School cafeteria, which he thought could be firecrackers, an exploding milk carton or a gunshot. As teens spilled out of the cafeteria, he drew his service weapon with one hand and blocked fleeing students with the other as he headed into the room. There he found two staff members restraining the alleged shooter and a student lying wounded on the floor, the officer testified Friday in a Baltimore County court hearing. Gephardt recalled that as he cuffed Robert W. Gladden, Jr., the 15-year-old asked the school resource officer, "Can I get the death penalty for this? Because I wanted to kill him." Gladden, who is...

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