Judge defends how pier shooter's earlier case was handled

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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A judge in southwestern Michigan is defending the work of a fellow judge after a young man with a juvenile criminal record randomly shot two people on a Lake Michigan pier.

Nineteen-year-old Aidan Ingalls was recently released from court supervision, three years after he was accused of plotting an attack at Paw Paw High School.

Ingalls last week shot and killed Chuck Skuza and critically injured his wife at the South Haven beach pier. Ingalls then killed himself.

Critics say Van Buren County Judge Jeffrey Dufon mishandled Ingalls' earlier case by not treating him as an adult in the court system.

But Chief Judge Kathleen Brickley says there was no appeal or objection at the time.

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