Teen jailed after League of Legends argument hopeful for case dismissal

19-year-old Justin Carter will file motion for dismissal on August 12, according to lawyer.


The Texas teenager jailed after comments made on Facebook following a League of Legends match is hopeful that his case will be dismissed. Speaking with Kotaku, Justin Carter's lawyer, Don Flanary, said he will file a motion for dismissal on August 12.

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"I think the law is definitely on our side," Flanary said.

Carter was arrested in March after he said on Facebook following a League of Legends match that he was going to "shoot up" a school and "eat their still, beating hearts," according to his father.

He reportedly followed up these comments with "LOL" and "JK." A woman in Canada saw his comments and informed the police, who arrested Carter for making a terrorist threat.

Carter's comments came just months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

According to Flanary, Carter was charged without full context or understanding of his comments. "It's clearly sarcasm," Flanary said. "They charged him before looking at the entire thread."

An "anonymous Good Samaritan" posted Carter's $500,000 bail last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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