An attorney for one of the four former Glenelg High School students charged with hate crimes after racial epithets and swastikas were found scrawled on the school’s grounds in May told a judge Monday he needs more time to study new information.
Tyler Curtiss, 18, of Brookeville, is also expected to appear for a motions hearing on Dec. 18.
Mark Muffoletto, Curtiss’s attorney, also filed a motion to dismiss the top three charges on Dec. 3, according to court records. Muffoletto did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The four each face three counts related to race or religious harassment, two trespassing charges and two destruction of property-related charges, according to a court records and a state’s attorney indictment summary.
Lipp, Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer, 18, of Mount Airy, Seth Taylor, 19, of Glenwood, did not enter a plea on the misdemeanor charges during their initial appearances throughout the summer.
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Swastikas and racial epithets, including one that county police said targeted the school’s African-American principal, were found painted on the school’s campus exterior walls, parking lot and sidewalks, during a morning awards ceremony for Glenelg graduating seniors on May 24.
Taylor and Shaffer’s attorneys are reviewing separate plea bargain offers which first surfaced in court last month. They are due back in court for plea hearings two days after Christmas.
Lipp also received a plea offer, which was rejected, Thompson said earlier this week.
“The plea offer was substantially different than what I had anticipated,” Thompson said in court Thursday.
It is unclear if Curtiss has been offered a plea bargain deal.