CORVALLIS, Ore. — A teenager accused of plotting to blow up West Albany High School is set to go to trial in Benton County in the first week of June – but his attorney wants to keep some of the evidence out of the courtroom.
Seventeen-year-old Grant Acord was arrested last May after officers say they found a machete and pipe bombs in his room.
But according to a motion filed by his attorney last month, officers responded to his residence after they had heard a fourth-hand hearsay report claiming Acord was plotting to blow up his high school. In the motion, the defense argues that Albany Police officers did not read Acord his Miranda rights before speaking with him. Acord’s attorney also argues that officers searched Acord’s room without appropriate consent, and coerced him into speaking with them.
The motion argues that both Acord’s parents asked police not to interview him after their initial search because they wanted to consult with a lawyer. Despite the request, the motion claims officers said they needed to know if items they found in his room were unstable or volatile. The motion states that investigators proceeded to interview him, but only read him Miranda-like warnings and did not tell him he had the right to remain silent. The defense argues Acord’s statements were coerced, and that officers questioned him in violation of his right to counsel after both parents asked for it.
Acord’s attorney argues evidence from Acord’s conversation should be suppressed because it was derived from an unconstitutional interrogation. The defense also argues evidence from his room after an illegal search should also be excluded during Acord’s trial.
Acord’s next hearing is set for the end of May. He is facing 19 charges including attempted aggravated murder, six counts of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, six counts of unlawful possession of a destructive device, and six counts of unlawful use of a weapon against another.