Attorney: Mistaken identity case for student facing attempted capital murder

LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--The Hall High School student accused of attempted murder will be charged as an adult.

We {}first brought you this story{}on Tuesday, when 16-year-old Demontae Berry led Little Rock Police on a manhunt after he ran from Hall high School.

Berry turned himself into police on Wednesday.

Channel 7 spoke with Berry's attorney, Jimmy Morris, who said Berry's innocent.

He added that based on looking at the facts so far this is a case of mistaken identity.

Berry is facing one count of criminal attempt to commit capital murder one count of aggravated robbery, one count of theft of property and one count of 3rd degree escape.

"My client has sat actually in the chair you're sitting in and has told me he is innocent of all of this charges, and it's my belief that it's just a mistaken identity," said Morris.

"I just took on this case, because I was afraid that with the information that was out there, that it could end badly for my client," added Morris.

The Little Rock School District wouldn't give comment regarding Tuesday's lockdown after Berry fled, but did say they have several programs in place for students to stay involved and keep out of trouble:

Clubs before and after schoolPeer-to-peer mentoringCommunity partnerships through our ViPS OrganizationThe OK Program (a mentoring program with LRPD), faith-based partnerships youth prevention specialists assigned to high schools and one middle school campus mental health agencies.

"The OK Program, where we have law enforcement officials who have kind of a one on one interaction with students on some of our campuses, we also have youth intervention specialists who not only work on the campus but they work in the community," said LRSD Spokesperson Pam Smith.

However, it's not just the programs LRSD provides that will solve all the problems said Smith, it's about getting together as a community.

"Our commitment is to put children first and in order to do that, we know we can't do it alone, we have to ask for the communities help," added Smith.

Berry's bond was set at $50,000, but if he makes bond he will have an ankle monitor.