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Andrews Verdict

Kevin Schmidt, Quad City Times

Not guilty on the most serious charge, but guilty for three others. That was the verdict Wednesday for an Eldridge boy who took a gun to school last year, pointed it at a teacher, and pulled the trigger. 

The Quad City Times reports a jury in Davenport returned its verdict Wednesday afternoon for 13 year old Luke Andrews - it convicted him of assault with intent to commit serious injury, assault while using a dangerous weapon, and carrying a weapon on school grounds. 

It did not convict him of attempted murder. 

Prosecutors said he meant to kill his teacher at North Scott Junior High School last August 31st when he pulled the trigger twice, but the safety was on, and the gun was taken away from him. His attorneys argued he knew the safety was on, did not intend to hurt anyone, and it was just attention-seeking behavior. 

Andrews was tried in adult court, but as a youthful offender. A detention hearing will be held next, then the case will go before a juvenile court judge for future hearings.