A 15-year-old from Wells, charged with murder by police for allegedly shooting his mother in their home last August, will be allowed to go to a school run by the state Department of Corrections in Rutland or be taught from home.
District Court Judge Thomas Zonay amended the conditions of Christian James Taylor's release Tuesday, allowing him a chance at an education.
Guardian Lorraine Moorehouse paid the court $15,000 on Oct. 1 — 10 percent of Taylor's $150,000 bail —resulting in the release, according to court records.
Taylor's bail was reduced in September from $500,000 to $150,000, at the request of his attorney, Brian Marsicovetere.
Taylor, dressed in black pants and a button-up shirt and tie in court Wednesday, talked and laughed with Zonay about what books he read and what he had hoped to read in school.
Zonay casually asked Taylor how things were going and what was most important to him now.
"That I get my education," Taylor said, flanked by guardian ad litem Rita Rinehart.
Taylor could be sentenced to a minimum 20 years in jail and a maximum life sentence if convicted of the charge of second-degree murder.
He is under the supervision of Moorehouse and has a 24-hour, seven-day curfew with exceptions only for school, travel in the state of Vermont with Moorehouse only and travel to medical appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Taylor must be picked up for school and return directly home unless in the company of Moorehouse, according to court records filed Tuesday.