The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier ruling that dropped the attempted murder charges against a 17-year-old boy accused of plotting to attack a Waseca, Minn., school.
The ruling found insufficient probable cause to justify the charges against John Ladue, 18, of Waseca. Prosecutors appealed the district court ruling, seeking to have the charged reinstated.
LaDue was arrested in April 2014 after police found him in a storage locker with guns, explosives and a journal outlining his plan to kill his family, set a fire to divert first responders, then go to Waseca Junior and Senior High School and "kill as many students as he could."
In his 5-hour interview with police, LaDue gave a chilling account of what he hoped to achieve. He explicitly denied that the 180-page notebook containing his plans was a reaction to childhood tormentors. Rather, he told officers he believes he may be mentally ill and no one had noticed because he's been trying to hide it.