Indiana sniper suspect pleads innocent

BROWNSTOWN, Ind., July 27 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old accused of firing at vehicles on Indiana highways has pleaded innocent to murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness.

The shooting spree began Sunday when 40-year-old Jerry Ross of New Albany, Ind., was killed by a bullet fired at passing traffic on I-65 near Seymour, Ind. Another man in the same vehicle was wounded and two other shootings occurred on I-69, about 100 miles north, later that day.


Police, acting on a tip, questioned Zachariah Blanton, 17, and he was charged with the crimes Tuesday. Jackson County (Ind.) Superior Court Judge William Vance entered innocent pleas on his behalf during a 15-minute hearing Wednesday, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Blanton was held without bond pending his next court appearance Sept. 13.

The newspaper said the teen may have been angry at family members because he had been ordered to do the bloody work of gutting a deer killed on a hunting trip.

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