Teen accused in Dixon school shooting pleads not guilty; trial set for August

DIXON, Ill. — A date has been set for jury selection for the teen accused of opening fire last month inside Dixon High School.

Matthew Milby Jr., 19, entered his plea of not guilty Thursday in Lee County. He faces felony gun charges and is being held in jail on $2 million bail.

Milby is accused of taking a semi-automatic rifle to Dixon High School on May 16 as graduation practice was taking place in the gym. Authorities allege Milby, who was a member of the graduating class, fired at a gym teacher and was running away when he was confronted by school resource officer Mark Dallas.

Milby is accused of firing at Dallas. Dallas returned fire, striking him in the shoulder and the hip. Neither Dallas nor the gym teacher was injured.

The trial is set for August 20 and is expected to take up to three weeks.

Milby faces up to 46 years in prison if found guilty.