HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - The family of a Hanover teenager accused of hitting a schoolmate in the face with an ax is speaking out.
Relatives say, 16 year old Omar Abdelaal is a good kid who had been bullied for years and snapped. We spoke with the family after a court appearance by Abdelaal Monday morning.
In court, a judge denied the teen bond. More than a dozen people, including a school employee, showed up in court to support the Lee Davis High School student who's charged with aggravated malicious wounding.
"My son plays with him and I've never discouraged it. He's a good boy and he doesn't deserve this," said neighbor, Jessica Nugrelli.
Police say Abdelaal hit 15 year old Austin Mayton in the face with an ax back in October, while in a tractor supply store.
"He'd walk away from a fight. He was scared. So something had to scare him to death for my son to react like that," said Abdelaal mother, Hanan.
In court, Abdelaal's attorney says the teen was provoked by the victim -- that for years Mayton bullied and threatened Abdelaal including the day of the attack.
Prosecutors call Abdelaal dangerous. They say he told police, shortly after the incident, that he wasn't sure why he swung that ax and that he never had a problem with Mayton.
During the bond hearing surveillance video of the incident was played. The defense says Mayton and several friends followed Abdelaal and his buddies inside the store. Prosecutors say when the two groups were face to face Abdelaal walked 29 feet, grabbed an ax, then attacked.
The prosecution says Mayton is scarred -- emotionally and physically -- by what happened. His family left the courthouse without speaking.
Abdelaal's family say they're disappointed bond was denied.
"He's been locked up for 6 months. We'd like to have him home," said Abdelaal's father, Khaled.
Omar Abdelaal's trial is expected to last a day and a half. It's scheduled to get underway June 30.