Will Parents Face Charges For Kid Having Access To Gun?

(Memphis) The latest back-and-forth between the defense and the prosecution about the 13-year-old boy police say shot and killed his sister is over for now.

The state withdrew its efforts to transfer the case, and it will stay in juvenile court.

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said, “We have never any intention of seeking a transfer to criminal court in this tragic situation.”

Weirich says they were transferring the case to major crimes, but then withdrew the motion.

The defense claims the state was positioning the case to move it to criminal court, and try the boy as an adult.

Public Defender Robert Gowen says he is glad that’s not happening anymore.

“I was worried that they were going to do it. I was hoping they wouldn’t, and it sounds like cooler heads prevailed and they have withdrawn it.”

One question that remains: what about the parents? How did the boy have access to a gun, and where were they when it happened?

Weirich wouldn’t answer those questions or say if the parents would ever face charges.

“I understand the public wants to know, but we have duties and responsibilities and obligations as prosecutors. Those keep me from commenting on pending cases.”

What she will talk about, is the major gun problem in Memphis.

She says too many kids have access to guns, and this case serves as a reminder to lock them up.

Weirich pleaded, “If you have a gun in the home, and you have kids in your home, or who frequent your home. Keep it safe and keep it out of their reach.”

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