Harlem teen's case goes to Superior Court

Magistrate judge rules in case of 14-year-old charged in fatal shooting

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 10:49 AM
Last updated 11:09 AM
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A Magistrate Court judge said this morning that there is enough evidence against a Harlem teen accused of murdering his friend for the case to proceed with prosecution in Superior Court.

Teen at hearing earlier this month  File
Teen at hearing earlier this month

Columbia County Associate Magistrate Judge Jason Troiano said at the preliminary hearing that investigators have sufficient probable cause in the case against Lacy Aaron Schmidt, 14, to bind over to Superior Court for further investigation and prosecution of a murder charge and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Schmidt, of the 1400 block of Miles Road, is accused of fatally shooting his neighbor and friend Alana Calahan, also 14, inside her Miles Road home on Jan. 31.

Alana’s 18-year-old sister, Amanda, arrived at home that day and found Schmidt’s shoes by the front door, a chair knocked over in the dining room and a pool of blood on the floor, according to an investigator’s testimony at the hearing. Schmidt then ran inside, saying that he couldn’t find Alana and that he saw a man running away.

“He kept maintaining there was a second person,” Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Brian Jones said of Schmidt’s first of many versions of the events surrounding the shooting.

The Harlem Middle School eighth-grader was shot from behind as she sat at a computer in the dining room, according to police. She was dragged outside, across the backyard and onto a wooded trail.

During questioning, Schmidt changed his story many times, claiming at first he searched for the suspicious man near the Calahan home. Finally, he told police he was fumbling with the 9-mm handgun belonging to Alana’s father when it went off.

“He was all over the place,” Jones said. “He said it was an accident. As a result of what happened, he panicked.”

Police found the gun in nearby woods. They also found the gun case and box of ammunition under a bathroom sink off Schmidt’s bedroom at his home, Investigator James Edmunds said. The gun’s owners manual was found in his dresser drawer and several items missing from the Calahan home, including a digital camera and MP3 player were found inside his bedroom.

Schmidt was a family friend of the Calahans.

“They said he was over there almost every day,” Edmunds said.

On Friday, a Superior Court judge denied bond for Schmidt, who will remain jailed at the Regional Youth Detention Center awaiting trial.

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burninater 02/23/11 - 02:06 pm
Could someone explain to me

Could someone explain to me why some shooting fatalities involving young men generate a substantial number of comments, while others are ignored? I'm a little slow sometimes, so feel free to spell it out in black and white.

double_standard 02/23/11 - 02:49 pm
This thug aint black that's

This thug aint black that's why.

rtkguy 02/23/11 - 08:55 pm
There is no 1400 block of

There is no 1400 block of Miles Road

bclicious 02/23/11 - 10:55 pm
rtguy you are right. In

rtguy you are right. In addition, miles road is not part of the city of Harlem. I got the Augusta Chronicle to change the headline last time, but I am not sure if they will this time.

As for those that would argue with me, miles road is merely in a 30814 zip code, that by itself does not make it part of the city of Harlem. So considering what I have said, why not list this story as:


BornInAUG 02/24/11 - 11:48 am
bclicious--I would like to

bclicious--I would like to echo Mr. Fetter's remarks to an earlier comment you made regarding this address:

"Harlem High School is not in the city limits, but it has a Harlem mailing address. It, too, technically is not protected by Harlem PD and FD. Should the name of that school be changed? Of course not. Rebecca Sears, the woman accused of killing Kay Parsons, doesn't live inside the Grovetown city limits, but has that mailing address and is referred to as a Grovetown resident. Martinez and Evans are not incorporated, but crimes commited there are attributed to happening there due to the mailing address. While I appreciated your civic pride, since I grew up in Harlem, I can't change where I list these people as living until the post office changes their address."

Maybe you should take this all the way to the USPS, I'm sure it would be a priority! Why not use your time and efforts on something that MATTERS!

kmb413 02/24/11 - 01:20 pm
so feel free to spell it out

so feel free to spell it out in black and white- there you go

jdsgirl63 02/25/11 - 02:40 pm
Does his address matter at

Does his address matter at all? I'm sure the girls family doesn't give a hoot about the address, and neither do most people.

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