Suspected Sniper Pleads Not Guilty

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The 17-year-old accused of being Indiana's highway sniper is pleading not guilty.

Zachariah Blanton faces murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness charges in Sunday's shootings along two interstates. One man was killed and another wounded.

Prosecutors say the teen had argued with relatives over gutting a deer while on a hunting trip. A police investigator says Blanton told them he fired the shots in hopes of relieving the pressure. The county prosecutor says he's looking into whether he can bring a death penalty case.

A judge set December 13 as a tentative trial date. Blanton's relatives refused to comment on their way out of court.

His grandmother, who's also his legal guardian, is being charged with obstruction of justice. The charge is related to the rifle that authorities say he used.