Appeals court overturns attempted murder conviction

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state court of appeals on Friday overturned an attempted murder conviction against Evan Ramsey, who went on a shooting spree at Bethel High School that left two dead more than five years ago.

The court upheld Ramsey's conviction on two counts of first-degree murder and 15 counts of third-degree assault in the February 1997 shooting.

Ramsey was 16 when he brought a shotgun to the school and killed principal Ron Edwards and fellow student Josh Palacios.

He was sentenced to a total of 210 years in prison.

The court rejected the charge that Ramsey had attempted to kill two students injured in the shotgun blast that killed Palacios.

State attorneys argued that the law must only show that Ramsey intended to kill -- and that there was a death -- and linked the injuries to the same shot.

The court ruled that using that argument could lead to charges of attempted murder of everyone in the school. The court returned the case to the lower court to re-sentence Ramsey under the remaining convictions.

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