Sammie Chavez, Bartlesville teen accused of plotting school shooting, to undergo competency hearing

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Bartlesville teenager accused of plotting a shooting spree at the high school was in court Wednesday.

Sammie Chavez, 18, made his appearance at the Washington County Courthouse via video conference from the jail.

Chavez was arrested Dec. 14, 2012, the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn., after police received a tip that he was planning a shooting at Bartlesville High School.

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His mother, Jessie Chavez, says her son has been treated for mental illness in the past. She says she's looking for another attorney to better represent her son.

Jessie Chavez claims state witnesses lied under oath.

"We're hoping this will prove this was a conversation that went too far," she said. "That's all. My son would never hurt anyone. He wouldn't do this."

A search of Chavez's home after his arrest uncovered a gun, drugs and writings.

On Wednesday, the judge ordered the teen to undergo a competency hearing. The criminal case will remain on hold until the outcome of the hearing.

Chavez is due back in court May 1.

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