Parole board unable to reach unanimous decision in Michael Carneal case, will meet again later this month

(Kentucky Department of Corrections)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 9:09 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 12:14 PM EDT
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WESTERN KENTUCKY (WYMT/AP) - During Tuesday’s hearing with the Kentucky Parole Board, the members were unable to reach a decision about letting the man convicted in a 1997 school shooting out of prison.

Following the more than one-hour Zoom meeting, officials told Michael Carneal the assembled board was not able to come to a consensus and would have to take it to the full parole board on Monday, September 26th.

The hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman on Dec. 1, 1997, when he fired a stolen pistol at a before-school prayer group in the lobby of Heath High School, near Paducah.

A parole board panel on Monday heard from victims, many of whom asked that Carneal never be released.

On Tuesday, Carneal told the panel that he still hears voices but has learned not to do what they say.

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Day two of the Michael Carneal parole hearings are underway.

You can watch those below:

In Tuesday’s hearing, the parole board is speaking with Carneal directly. You can read more about the case here.