Attorneys Want Alleged Would-Be School Shooter Evaluated

Posted at 1:40 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 13:40:11-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)- Attorneys for a man accused of plotting a mass shooting at two Kentucky schools want him to be released for a mental health evaluation.

Dylan Lee Jarrell was arrested in his driveway earlier this year after a Kentucky State Trooper investigated a tip that he had sent a racist and threatening message to a woman in New Jersey.

A firearm, over two hundred rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine, and a detailed plan of attack were also discovered in Jarrell’s possession. Jarrell was arrested backing out of his driveway with the tools KSP says he needed to commit the crimes he is accused of planning.

He is accused of planning attacks against Anderson and Shelby County High Schools.  Jarrell was arrested and charged with two counts of 2nd-degree terroristic threatening and one count of harassing communications.

Attorneys for Jarrell say that he has a  history of mental health issues, including verbal comprehension, anxiety and a diagnosis of emotional behavior disability.

They are asking the court to refer him to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center for an evaluation.