Judge orders trial in Taft high school shooting

Judge orders trial in Taft high school shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Taft high school student was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in the Jan. 10 shooting of a classmate.

Bryan Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.

Damning evidence Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in Kern County court included school surveillance video of Oliver carrying a shotgun into Taft Union High School. Kern County Sheriff's Office investigators also testified, and Judge John Somers determine sufficient evidence exists to send the case to trial.

Oliver is accused of shooting 16-year-old classmate Bowe Cleveland inside a science classroom, while class was in session. Cleveland suffered chest and abdominal injuries.

Oliver is accused of shooting at another student, Jacob Nichols, but missed. Teacher Ryan Heber received minor injuries, grazed by shotgun pellets.

Tuesday, the district attorney's office lead investigator testified that students and school administrators confirmed to him the existence of a widely rumored "hit list," compiled by Oliver and containing 30 names of students he wanted to exact revenge on for alleged bullying. The investigator said Cleveland and Nichols were tops on that list.

News cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom for Tuesday's hearing.

In April, Cleveland's family filed a lawsuit against the school district, seeking information the district claims is confidential and protected. Attorney Daniel Rodriguez said at the time that he expected the civil case to go to trial in summer 2014.

Oliver's next criminal court appearance is scheduled for July 31.