Journal that reportedly has details of planned massacre in Waseca ordered sealed
WASECA, Minn. -- A judge Wednesday ordered that the journal kept by a teenager accused of plotting a massacre at his school be sealed, according to the Waseca County News.
John David LaDue's journal reportedly contains his plans to kill his family and carry out a massive school bombing and shooting.
Defense attorney Dawn Johnson last month said the journal contains information that may prejudice a potential jury and should be sealed from public view.
Judge Gerald Wolf also sealed part of the police reports written in which the journal is quoted, the Waseca County News reported.
LaDue was charged as a juvenile with four counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of first degree attempted criminal damage to property and six counts of possession of an explosive or incendiary device by a person under age 18.
He had planned to kill his family, set a fire in rural Waseca to distract authorities and then head to the building that houses Waseca's junior and senior high schools, with more than 900 students, Waseca Police Captain Kris Markeson told a news conference after LaDue’s arrest on April 29. He has pleaded not guilty.
A tip of a suspicious person near a storage unit in Waseca led authorities to bomb-making materials at the storage unit and to LaDue.