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In letters, Ky. school shooter discusses delusions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A pair of letters written in 2002 by Michael Carneal are at the center of a move by prosecutors to stop a February hearing for the convicted school shooter.

At issue is whether a mental illness prevented Carneal from appealing his guilty plea to killing three classmates and wounding five others at Heath High School near Paducah on Dec. 1, 1997.

Prosecutors filed an emergency motion Wednesday asking a judge to call off the hearing because the letters show Carneal was aware of his mental illness sooner than previously disclosed and should have filed his appeal in 2003, nearly a year before it was filed.

Carneal's attorneys didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Carneal is serving a life sentence without a chance of parole for at least 25 years for the shootings, which occurred when he was 14.

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