Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:11 PM by Cody Proctor
Updated: Sep 7, 2013 2:12 PM
GREAT FALLS - Kaleb Kuebler, the teen who jumped from the third floor rotunda of the Cascade County Courthouse to the second floor below, is still in the hospital.
Kuebler was in leg shackles and waist chain/handcuffs and was being escorted by a youth detention officer to a change of plea hearing just before 11 a.m.
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards says that Kuebler went over the rotunda railing, even though a number of people tried to stop him.
Medical personnel responding to the scene stabilized Kuebler and took him to Benefis hospital.
On Friday, Sheriff Edward says that Kuebler's condition is said to be still stable, and that he is said to be improving.
About a dozen people saw it happen, including Katie Kenneway, who said that it was traumatic to witness.
Kerrie Wheeler, a counselor in Great Falls, says that witnesses to such events can experience nightmares, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
Wheeler said, "The best thing to do is to talk about it with your friends, with your neighbors, with your family. That's what we naturally do and you'll notice that people are drawn to conversations about something traumatic and that's our natural way of healing."
Kuebler is accused of raping an 11-year-old girl.