Youshock Jury Makes Partial Verdict

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    NBCBayArea.com
    Neighbors identify the teenager as Alexander Youshock.

    A San Mateo County jury found Alexander Youshock guilty of five out of seven felony counts stemming from his attack on Hillsdale High School on Aug. 24, 2009.

    Youshock was found guilty of attempting to murder his former chemistry teacher, Meghan Spalding; of exploding a destructive device in an act of terrorism; possession of a destructive device in a public place;  carrying a concealed dagger; and carrying a concealed explosive.
     
    The jury of six men and six women remained deadlocked on two remaining charges: that Youshock attempted to murder campus security guard Jana Torres when he threw a homemade pipe bomb as she advanced on him in the hallway at Hillsdale High, and the charge that he detonated that pipe bomb  with the intent to kill.

    Judge Stephen Hall asked the jury foreman if further argument by defense attorney Jonathan McDougall and Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti would be helpful to the jurors in reaching a unanimous decision on the remaining two charges.

    The foreman said further argument might be helpful, and the jury then met to formulate a potential focus for further argument.

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