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UPDATE: Knox County teen accused of murder gets trial date

William Gaul is free after posting a $1M bond

The trial for a Knox County teen charged in the fatal shooting of his former high school girlfriend is set to begin on August 1. 

William Riley Gaul, 18, faces a seven-count indictment, which includes first-degree murder, aggravated stalking, theft, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony and felony murder.

Gaul appeared in court Monday morning when the judge set the trial date, according to our sister affiliate WBIR.

In January, he posted a $1 million bond to remain free. Gaul is confined to his home with a GPS tracker except to go to his lawyer’s office, in which he must give 48 hours notice. The order also orders him to not have any contact with witnesses in the case, with the exception of his immediate family members. 

On Nov. 21, investigators say Gaul stood in the fenced backyard of Emma Walker, 16, and fired a gun into her bedroom. Authorities determined the popular Central High School student was killed as she lay in bed.


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