MOUNT VERNON — A 17-year-old Howard teen remains in juvenile detention two weeks after he allegedly assaulted a fellow student at the East Knox High School. According to Knox County Assistant Prosecutor Chip McConville, Knox County Juvenile Court Judge James Ronk ordered Brandon McCown to remain in custody at a Zanesville juvenile facility pending further proceedings.
Wednesday’s court appearance was a shelter care hearing, according to McConville, to determine if McCown would be released into the custody of his parents or remain detained.
“The public defender entered a denial in writing on his behalf,” McConville said. “In a juvenile proceeding, that is the same as a not guilty plea.”
McConville said he expects the next proceeding in the case will take place in the near future, but no trial date has been scheduled.
McCown faces one count of felonious assault after he allegedly inflicted head and face injuries to 16-year-old Zach Powers of Howard in a cafeteria fight May 20.