Case against teen accused of threatening UK on Snapchat goes to grand jury
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The UK student accused of making threats against the University of Kentucky earlier this month was in federal court Wednesday facing more charges for what police say were threats she made on the social media platform Snapchat.
19-year-old Haily Duvall entered the courtroom in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, visibly nervous as she stood before the judge and waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Duvall’s case will now go to a grand jury but it is still unclear if she will stay behind bars or be able to go home.
That’s because the judge said he wants one day to go over the evidence presented during Duvall’s detention hearing.
During that hearing the prosecution argued Duvall is a flight risk because they say she tried to evade federal officers when they went to arrest her.
But Duvall’s lawyer argued this case is blown out of proportion, saying she had no criminal record and is a good student who has had a hard life.
Duvall is accused of of posting threats towards the University of Kentucky on Snapchat and then reporting those threats to police.
The UK sophomore was even interviewed by several news outlets voicing her concern as police were still investigating the threats.
Police say they traced the threats back to Duvall after matching the Snapchat account to her IP address.
Duvall is also facing charges for these same threats at the state level.
The federal judge says he plans to have a decision on whether or not to keep Duvall in custody by Wednesday afternoon.
He says he will call another hearing if he plans on releasing her or issue an opinion if he wants to keep her behind bars.