Parents of Texas student accused of killing 10 ‘raise question’ on sending him to a psychiatric facility

(FOX News) — The parents of the 12-year-old student who was accused of opening fire inside his Michigan school on Monday are due in court on Tuesday.

Police say suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 13, used a shotgun and a .38-caliber handgun to open fire inside Berrien County High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Nine students and one teacher were injured. Police say all nine of the injured students are expected to survive.

Since Texas has no death penalty, the suspect could be committed to a psychiatric facility and held there for life if he’s convicted.

“It does raise another question: Where is this child going to live now?” Charles Varner, a defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, told Tami Luhby and Jason Keys. “That’s the big question.”

Though Texas has abolished the death penalty in most cases, it still applies to adults convicted of crimes against children.

Lawmakers in Michigan may face additional questions about their laws when it comes to granting electronic monitoring, like the one the suspect received while under arrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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