CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson held a press conference on Wednesday to announce state charges against Alice Boland, the 28-year-old woman accused of trying to kill school officials outside Ashley Hall in early February.
Wilson said Boland is facing state indictments 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.
She is also facing federal charges.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, two separate bills that would give federal authorities information about people who have been determined by a court to have mental problems were passed by legislative committees. One bill is heading to the House floor, while another is heading to the Senate floor after votes Tuesday in separate committees.
The goal of both bills is to close a loophole that authorities say allowed Boland, who threatened to kill President George W. Bush in 2005, to buy a gun. Investigators say Boland, who pleaded not guilty by reason of mental incompetence, took that gun to a Charleston school in February planning to shoot people, but didn't know how to operate it.
Boland's plea didn't appear in a federal background check because the state doesn't share that information.