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Kentucky school shooter still hears voices 25-years after being killed

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A Kentucky killer who is seeking parole said Tuesday that he still hears the voices that told him to fire on his Kentucky high-school 25 years ago.

Michael Carneal, a 14-year old freshman, killed three Heath High School classmates and injured five others. They had been gathered for a pre-school prayer meeting in December 1997.

Carneal said that the voices had incited the violence, telling a court that he was, “hearing in my head to do certain things, but I should have known that stealing guns … was going to lead to something terrible.”

Now up for parole, Carneal says he’s apologetic for his rampage and has received extensive therapy but still hears the devilish voices.

Two days before, the voices told him to climb down the stairs. He admitted it.

Carneal’s inmate file lists his mental health prognosis as “poor” and states he still experiences paranoid thoughts with violent imagery, Parole Board Chair Ladeidra Jones said in the meeting.

Carneal told the board he has learned to ignore the voices and imagery, which he hasn’t acted on in many years.

 Heath High School shooting suspect Michael Carneal is escorted out of the McCracken County Courthouse after his arraignment in Paducah, Ky., Jan. 15, 1998.
Carneal was 14 years old at the time of 1997’s shooting.
Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal via AP
Michael Carneal, 27, is escorted by a guard from the U.S. District Courthouse in Paducah, Ky., March 18, 2011.
Carneal said he still hears voices telling him to take violent action.
Stephen Lance Dennee/The Paducah Sun



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