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Alleged Weston Shooter In Court

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Baraboo: The 15 year old Weston High School student accused of shooting his principal was in court again Tuesday.

Eric Hainstock's court appearance for a return hearing was very quick-just more than 3 minutes long. But he will remain in jail for a long time while he waits for his trial to begin.

His lawyers waived the time limits on his preliminary hearing-which has been scheduled for January 30th.

Hainstock is in jail with the general population and his lawyers say the 15 year is doing ok. "As well as any child in an adult facility can hold up," says defense attorney Catherine Ankenbrandt.

Hainstock can't post the $750,000 cash bond and his lawyers need the time. "Eric is not going to be able to post bond. We're not prepared to have a trial in the next month or the next two or three months actually," says Ankenbrandt.

Hainstock is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide. He's accused of killing Weston High School Principal John Klang in September.

Between now and the preliminary hearing both sides will be arguing about Hainstock's school history. The prosecution has subpoened Hainstock's school records but the judge has sealed those records while he decides whether to release the files.

Hainstock's lawyer says they should stay closed. "There are basically two issues with the school records. The confidentiality and the relevancy as to this case," says Ankenbrandt.


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