OGDEN -- Juvenile Court Judge Janice Frost said Wednesday that she is considering easing detention restrictions for Joshua Kyler Hoggan, accused of plotting to detonate a bomb at Roy High School.
Hoggan is required to wear an electronic ankle monitoring device.
"I am sensitive to the continued cost of ankle monitoring," Frost said during a 30-minute hearing.
Hoggan, 17, was in court Wednesday for a status hearing on charges that he and fellow student Dallin Todd Morgan, 18, plotted to set off a bomb at the school in early February.
Hoggan, wearing a white shirt and dark tie, appeared in court with his parents. He is free on bail but under electronic monitoring at his family home.
Amy Muti, a probation officer, testified during the hearing that Hoggan is doing well in receiving psychological counseling and complying with the terms of his home confinement.
Hoggan told Frost that he is making progress taking high school courses at home electronically.
Deputy Weber County Attorney Letitia Toombs said during the hearing that she is awaiting a forensic analysis of date seized from Hoggan's computer and expects to receive results soon.
There are several hundred gigabytes of computer data that need to be processed, said Scott Nickle, who is Hoggan's defense attorney.
Hoggan has undergone a psychological evaluation for the defense and Toombs said she may request an independent evaluation for the prosecution.
"It's important to the elements of the crime," she said. "We need to have questions answered."
Hoggan's next court date is April 17 to further review the status of the case.
A tentative date of June 13-15 has been set aside for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed and that Hoggan may have committed it. That will be followed by a certification hearing to determine if he will be tried as an adult if the case goes forward.
Hoggan refused to comment about his case to a Standard-Examiner reporter following Wednesday's hearing.
Hoggan and Morgan are each charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life in prison.
Police maintain that Hoggan and Morgan intended to kill Roy High students in what court documents described as a Columbine High School-style massacre.