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DIXON, Illinois – The trial for a teenager who is accused of firing a weapon at a teacher and a school resource officer at Dixon High School has been set for August 20th.

On Friday, June 8, Matthew Milby, age 19, appeared in Lee County Court via video conference for a pretrial.

Milby was accused of firing a 9mm semi-automatic rifle at Dixon High School on Wednesday, May 16, as his classmates practiced for graduation nearby.

Milby, who was a member of the 2018 graduating class, has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm toward a peace officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm at a school employee and aggravated discharge of a firearm in a school building.  He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

At a preliminary hearing on Thursday, June 7, Special Agent Luke Kuehl with the Illinois State Police Department spoke about the investigation.  Authorities allege that Milby fired at a gym teacher and was running away when he was confronted by school resource officer Mark Dallas.

A judge decided there was enough probable cause to take the case to trial.

During the pretrial, there was talk about police investigation records getting into the hands of the defense and prosecution in time for trial.  The state requested to have that information by the end of June.

"I was satisfied with what occurred today," said defense attorney Thomas Murray. "We’re just trying to get this information as fast as we can, the state’s attorney is too. And I think this just keeps us moving in the right direction."

When Murray was asked if there would be a request to change the venue, he said it was possible, but too early to make that call.

"If we’re going to pick a jury we need to make sure it’s a jury that can be fair to Matt," he said, "there’s been obviously a lot of attention drawn to this case, and hopefully not enough to taint a jury pool."

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