Two former Etowah High School students are scheduled to appear in court May 10 for a plea and sentencing hearing in the case against them for an alleged plot to launch a violent attack at the school in 2017.

The students, Alfred Dupree, 19, and Victoria McCurley, 18, were arrested in October, 2017 when law enforcement authorities were tipped off to the alleged plans. The pair is scheduled to appear before Cherokee County Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea at 10 a.m. May 10 in courtroom 2A of the Frank C. Mills III Justice Center, 90 North St., Canton.

Prosecutor Rachelle Carnesale declined through a spokeswoman to comment Friday on details about the upcoming plea hearing. Attempts to reach defense attorneys Paul Ghanouni and Barry Bishop on Friday were unsuccessful.

Both Dupree, who is from Acworth, and McCurley, who is from Woodstock, were Etowah students at their time of their arrests. They were indicted in December, 2017 on six counts each of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, according to court documents. In January of last year, they pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

McCurley and Dupree faced charges as a team for “collecting and preparing flammable and explosive materials…writing a ‘kill list’… (and) creating a map of a portion of Etowah High School,” their indictment states.

The “kill list” contained six names, five students and one teacher, according to court documents. The teens possessed “a container of flammable and combustible material, with the intent that it would be used to kill, injure and intimidate students and staff at Etowah High School and to destroy Etowah High School.”

Had they not been taken into custody, authorities said they believe the students would have carried out their threats.

The arrests were made after police received a tip about potential threats made against the school, located a journal naming their victims and found an “incendiary device” at one of the student’s homes.

Arrest warrants that were unsealed in March said the students had a list of the ingredients that indicated combining them would create “a flammable chemical weapon,” as well as plans to enter one of the buildings on campus and “throw explosives and smoke bombs at people inside.” Plans for the attack included diagrams with camera locations.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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