14 year old charged with fatal shooting of 8 year old brother
Athens, Texas: On Saturday, January 29 at about 6:20 pm the Henderson County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting that a child had bene shot.
Officers arrived to the scene and found a boy on the back porch of the home surrounded by several other juveniles "attempting live-saving measures," with a gunshot wound to the head.
The boy, later identified as 8-year-old Zayden Worley died at Children's Hospital in Dallas.
At the time of the shooting, the children, 14, 8, and 7, all boys, were reportedly at their grandparent's home alone. The 7-year-old was inside the home playing games and wearing headphones when the shooting reportedly happened.
Citing a press release issued by the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, KLTV indicated that officers were first told "the child was on the back porch when a stray bullet from a wooded area struck the child."
Investigators began to canvass the area and speak with neighbors.
An autopsy though, revealed that "the initial report of how this happened was not possible."
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse went on to say Wednesday, when announcing the arrest of the 14-year-old boy, that there "was no possible way a stray bullet could have cause this."
A search warrant was issued by District Judge Scott McKee for the home. A search turned up a small caliber firearm.
"Investigators have followed the physical evidence and witness statements and the 14-year-old brother is now in custody for the offense of murder," the Tyler Morning Telegraph quoted a second press release as saying.
The boy has been charged with murder. Based on a podcast Sheriff Hillhouse recorded, the boy is being charged as a juvenile.
The case remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed.
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