Update: Russell County teen accused of making bombs has court case waived to grand jury

Teacher turned student journal over to authorities

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 12, 2013 

The decision to wave Derek Shrout's case to a grand jury was over in a matter of seconds during a 9 a.m. court hearing Tuesday in the Russell County Judicial Center.

The Russell County teenager accused of building tobacco can pocket bombs had his hearing moved today at the beginning of the 9 a.m. court session. Legal council for Shrout filed for the waiver Monday. The date for the grand jury hearing has not been set as of Tuesday morning.

Derek Shrout is accused of collecting tobacco cans and pellets with which to build bombs targeting students and staff at Russell County High School.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said a search of Shrout’s home found tobacco cans with holes and pellets in them.

Black powder, butane and fuses were not found.

The devices were just “a step or two away from being ready to explode,” Taylor said..

Shrout described the bombs he was making in a journal, Taylor said.

If completed the way Shrout described, the bombs would have blown up, Taylor said.

A teacher found the journal, determined it belonged to Shrout and gave it to an administrator who got it to School Resource Officer Tommy Morrison, one of Taylor’s deputies.

Taylor said Shrout claimed the writing in the journal to be fictitious, but Shrout’s parents, whom Taylor called “very cooperative,” allowed a search of the house and the bomb materials were located.

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