Preliminary court hearing set for Alice Boland

Boland appears in bond court.
Boland appears in bond court.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A preliminary court hearing has been scheduled for Alice Boland, the Beaufort woman accused of trying to kill an Ashley Hall school official in downtown Charleston earlier this month.

Court records indicate the 28-year-old Boland, who will be represented by Public Defender Megan Ehrlich, will appear in court at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.  During the hearing, the judge will establish if there is enough probable cause to send the case to trial.

Boland is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, two counts of pointing a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

According to federal court documents, she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years ago and has undergone psychiatric treatment on a number of occasions.

There were approximately 50 students and several other school officials outside the private, all-girls' school on when Boland, armed with a loaded, .22-caliber handgun, walked up to the gates a little after 3 p.m. on Feb. 4, court documents state.

Authorities say Boland then pointed the gun at an Ashley Hall school official who was on the sidewalk and pulled the trigger repeatedly.  The gun never fired because there was no bullet in the chamber, ATF officials said.

She was arrested by Charleston police a short time later.  She remains behind bars under a $900,000 bond.

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