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GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Goodyear teen charged as an adult in the attempted murder of his math teacher is mentally disabled and has the mental capacity of an 11-year-old, his lawyer says.
Millenium High School student Izrahias "Izzy" Morales was arrested on Feb. 14 after he took a loaded gun to school. The 15-year-old freshman told police he planned to shoot his math teacher because he was mad at her for saying he would get a zero in class if he did not complete an assignment.
"She just told me… she's like, 'You're going to have a zero in this class right now,'" Morales told police of his motive in a videotaped interview just released by Goodyear police.
Morales' attorney, Jose Montaño, spoke exclusively to 3TV and called the release of the videotape "inappropriate." He said the school, police and proseuctors as well school officials have failed to consider important details about the teenager's mental state.
"We have a child that has been determined not only by a psychiatrist, but also by school officials, that he only has the mental capacity of a fifth-grader," Montaño said.
He said Morales was taking special education classes at Millenium High School and had been recieving psychiatric treatment before the incident. Officials with the Agua Fria Unified School District would not confirm that, citing privacy laws.
Montaño said prosecutors didn't take Morales' mental disability into consideration when deciding to charge him as an adult and plans to file a motion to transfer the case to juvenile court.