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Ex-teacher has bond revoked, to stay jailed

May 19, 2007

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— A judge revoked bond and ordered mental testing for an ex-teacher who apparently tried to kill himself while awaiting trial in the attempted murder of a teen.

The rulings by Judge Milton Wharton were requested by prosecutors and supported by defense lawyers, who said afterward that, at least for now, jail might be the safest setting for Samson Shelton.

"It's difficult to say he doesn't present a danger to himself," Justin Kuehn said Wednesday.

Shelton has been jailed under suicide watch since May 9, a day after he apparently tried to kill himself at his mother's home while free on $800,000 bond.

Shelton, 27, had been confined to the home while awaiting trial on charges that he attacked Ashley Reeves in April 2006 and left her for dead in a park, where she was found 30 hours later. Reeves, now 18, continues to undergo rehabilitation.

The judge agreed Wednesday to testing to assess Shelton's mental fitness for trial in July. Shelton has pleaded not guilty.

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