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Investigators: Father is ‘only one’ who could’ve shot 3-year-old

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The father of a 3-year-old shot in Whitehaven has been charged in his death, and investigators say his story of an accidental shooting doesn't match the evidence.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — According to testimony from the medical examiner, Cortez Wilkerson is the only person who could've fired the weapon that killed his son Kash Sharp.

Cortez Wilkerson

Wilkerson, 25, was in court Monday, charged with reckless homicide, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, felony weapon possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. His case was reset to July 17 and bond has been set at $100,000. His attorney is Leslie Ballin.

Wilkerson's son died at LeBonheur Children's Hospital after police responded to a shooting call Saturday in the 3600 block of Duchess Drive. They found the 3-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head and his father applying pressure to the injury.

Wilkerson told officers that he awoke to the sound of a gunshot and opened his eyes to see his son in his lap with a gunshot wound. His son, he told investigators, had found his gun and shot himself accidentally. "This is all my fault," he told police at the scene.

But investigators said in an affidavit that "the physical evidence on the scene did not match the account of events given by Cortez Wilkerson." They say Wilkerson's story changed several times and that, at one point, the father said he could've been startled from his sleep and fired the shot.

Drug paraphernalia, a .40-caliber pistol and 16 live rounds were found during a search of the address, investigators said.

Family members said over the weekend that the shooting was accidental.