SULLIVAN — Jalon Warren pleaded not guilty to charges of making a terrorist threat, a Class X felony, and making a threat against a school building, a Class 4 felony, Monday after police said he made a bomb threat against Sullivan High School in March.
Warren, 18, appeared in Moultrie County Court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to court records. He requested a jury trial and will return to court July 19 for a pretrial hearing. Warren's trial was set for 9 a.m. July 30, court records show.
State's Attorney Jeremy Richey represented the prosecution, records show. A representative of the state's attorney's office said Monday afternoon that the office would not comment on the case "due to its nature," but did not elaborate.
Philip Tibbs, a Decatur-based defense attorney who represented Warren on Monday, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cheryl Hunter, Warren's grandmother, said her grandson has received a lot of support from family and his classmates since his first court appearance. She said she is hopeful that the upcoming trial will prove his innocence.
"He'll help anybody and do anything for anybody," Hunter said. "I think it says a lot when the whole senior class is behind him."
In a statement, school Superintendent Ted Walk said high school and middle school students were dismissed while law enforcement and school administration searched the building and grounds. No evidence of a bomb was found, he said.
Warren remained in the Moultrie County Detention Center Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond. A bond-reduction hearing will be Thursday, court records show.