Teen accused of Clovis shooting makes first court appearance

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CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – The teen suspected of the Clovis library shooting spree made his first court appearance Thursday.

The courtroom was filled with people who thought they knew Nathaniel Jouett best, his father sat in the front row while his mother sat in the back.

Jouett’s friends and family, as well as his girlfriend, sat in anticipation, waiting for the 16-year-old Clovis High School sophomore to appear.

It was the first-time he has been in public since police walked him out of the library in cuffs Monday afternoon.

As he entered the courtroom, he looked down the entire time, avoiding eye contact with anyone. He showed no emotion throughout the proceedings.

“The state is recommending that the child stay in detention. We believe given the nature of the charge that the child represents a danger to himself or others,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say police found notes in his room showing he is suicidal. Jouett did not look back as he walked out of the courtroom.

His family and friends broke down when they heard he would not be released.

Jouett’s case will go before a grand jury on Friday of next week.

The District Attorney wants Jouett to be tried as an adult for the random shooting spree, which left two librarians dead and left four other people wounded.

Noah and Alexis Molina, Jessica Thron and Howard Jones were all injured. Thursday, doctors at the University Medical Center in Lubbock gave an update on their conditions.

Alexis Molina’s injuries were the most significant. Doctors say the 21-year-old was shot at least three times, once in the chest and in each leg. She also had injuries to her stomach.

“That could’ve been a bad injury directly to her heart and it’s amazing. It’s a miracle that she’s alive,” doctors said.

Thron and Jones were both hit in the arm. Doctors say two of the four survivors have been released, but are not saying which patients for safety reasons.

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