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Lawyers for teen shooter offers $42 million settlement

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PADUCAH, Ky. — Lawyers for the teenager who killed three girls at Heath High School have reportedly offered $42 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the victims' parents.

The offer from Michael Carneal's attorneys was made Wednesday, The Courier-Journal reported. The $120 million trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

Michael Breen, an attorney for the families of Jessica James, Kayce Steger and Nicole Hadley, said the families planned to announce Thursday whether they will accept.

Five other students were wounded in 1997 when shots were fired at a student prayer group. Carneal, now 16, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder and attempted murder and is serving a life sentence.

The families sued school officials and several students, saying they could have prevented the killings. The judge, however, dropped all defendants except Carneal.