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Tuesday, September 2, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Puget Sound Newswatch

Loukaitis Trial Resumes Today

SEATTLE - The trial of Barry Loukaitis, who is pleading insanity in the Moses Lake classroom killings of three people, was to resume today after a four-day break.

The prosecution's case against Loukaitis likely will be completed tomorrow, Grant County Prosecutor John Knodell says.

The defense case will present expert witnesses to testify about Loukaitis' mental condition the day of the shootings. The prosecution will counter with experts of its own.

Among witnesses still to be called by the state is teacher Jon Lane, the hero of the siege at Frontier Junior High on Feb. 2, 1996.

Loukaitis, 16, is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. He was 14 at the time, but is charged as an adult on those counts and with attempted murder, second-degree assault and 16 counts of kidnapping.

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