Serna competent to stand trial in WL-S shooting



The teen charged as an adult in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting that wounded two fellow students has been found competent to stand trial.

Court documents show a Champaign County judge made the ruling in Ely Serna’s case. Serna has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including attempted murder in the January school shooting.

Serna has been in Twin Valley Behavioral Health Care in Columbus since authorities said he posed a risk of harm to himself or others. The judge has ordered Serna to remain there to maintain his competency for trial.

Authorities allege the 17-year-old Serna fired a shotgun at classmate Logan Cole, critically wounding him and slightly injuring another student.

No motive has been disclosed.

Serna’s attorney declined to comment Thursday.