Augusta-area Teen Accused of Fatally Shooting Friend

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An Augusta-area 14-year-old is accused of shooting his neighbor and hiding her body in the woods. Police say the boy, Lacy Aaron Schmidt, shot Alana Callahan, also 14, in the head and neck while she sat at her home computer on January 31.

According to the Augusta-Chronicle, Schmidt first said Alana was killed by an intruder before saying he shot her accidently.

Police say Alana was killed by a 9 mm handgun, the same kind owned by her father. Authorities later found the gun hidden in Schmidt’s home.

Schmidt was denied bond on Friday and remains jailed in the Regional Youth Detention Center awaiting trial.

Alana’s mother, Betty Jo Callahan, said Schmidt was Alana’s friend and would often come to her house for dinner.

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