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Carver Center student should be tried in juvenile system, lawyer says

Baltimore County police said a 16-year-old sophomore at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson had explosive and a gun at his Monkton home and planned to kill people at the school.

The attorney for a 16-year-old student accused of planning to attack his Towson school says he will try to get the teen's case transferred to the juvenile system.

Prosecutors charged teenager Sash Alexander Nemphos as an adult last week after Baltimore County police said he had hidden homemade explosives and a stolen gun in his Monkton home. Investigators allege Nemphos, a student at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, wrote in his journal about plans to kill his parents and people at the school.

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Nemphos was indicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Monday on charges including possession of a destructive device, theft and handgun violations. Last week, he was denied bail, and was held at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Parkville.

The teen's attorney, Joseph Murtha, said Monday he will file a request to have the case moved to juvenile court.

The juvenile system places a focus on rehabilitation, and Murtha said Nemphos is "a teenager who I believe would benefit from the services that are available in the juvenile system."

The process of moving the case would involve the state's Department of Juvenile Services preparing a report on Nemphos, he said. A judge would then consider factors such as Nemphos' age, physical and mental condition, whether he would respond well to treatment, and the severity of the alleged crime.

State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger declined to comment Monday.

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