Trial date set for teen charged in 2022 mass shooting in Raleigh’s Hedingham neighborhood

A judge set a tentative trial date Thursday for Austin Thompson, the 16-year-old charged with killing five people in a mass shooting in the Hedingham neighborhood in Raleigh.

The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 22, 2025, in Wake County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.

Thompson is accused of using firearms and other weapons to carry out a mass shooting on Oct. 13, 2022, causing the deaths of his older brother and five neighbors.

Last October, a year after the shooting, Thompson was formally charged as an adult with five counts of murder in the deaths of James Roger Thompson, Gabriel Torres, Mary Elizabeth Marshall, Nicole Connors and Susan Karnatz.

Thompson is also charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury for the injuries sustained by Marcille Lynn Gardner, The News & Observer reported previously.

He also faces additional charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, and assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer for the injuries sustained by Officer C. Clark of the Raleigh police during an armed standoff with police after the shootings.

If convicted, Thompson could face life sentences for each of the five homicides he is charged with. He could not receive the death sentence because of his age.

Alleged Hedingham killer faces five murder charges as he moves up to adult court