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15-year-old student accused in deadly Mount Tabor High School shooting appears in juvenile court, sources say

WFMY News 2 learned the shooting was captured on surveillance video inside Mount Tabor High School.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — New details are surfacing in the deadly Mount Tabor High School shooting case, as a source close to the investigation said the 15-year-old suspect appeared in juvenile court Thursday.

WFMY News 2 learned the shooting was captured on surveillance video inside Mount Tabor High School. However, the video will not be released to the public.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office Christina Howell released a statement Friday explaining the lack of detailed information coming out about the case. 

“The role of the Sheriff’s Office is to investigate criminal activity and bring charges against individuals. We cannot speak freely about the details of an investigation, even one as widely publicized and important to our community as the shooting at Mt Tabor High School.

Our goal is always the successful prosecution of the case. Sharing the details of an investigation, no matter how widely rumored they may be, could ultimately jeopardize the case in court.

This is not a lack of transparency on our part, it is a commitment to our primary goal of ensuring those who commit criminal acts are held responsible via our legal system.”

Attorney J.D. Byers said he is representing the suspect in the Mount Tabor shooting case. He said he's limited in what he can say right now, but more information will come out in the future. 

WFMY News 2 reached out to District Attorney Jim O'Neill but did not hear back. The Winston-Salem Police Department said it can't comment on the investigation because the sheriff's office and DA are leading the case.

There was a funeral held for the victim, 15-year-old, William Miller, Jr. last Friday. The shooting at Mount Tabor happened on Sept. 1 around noon. The suspect was arrested hours later. No other students were seriously injured in the shooting.