MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The parents of a young teen who shot and killed his nine-year-old cousin after finding his father’s gun in March have been indicted on charges, the District Attorney’s office said.
Latria Johnson, 28, and Lindsey Williams, 27, were both indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment charges. Williams was also accused of resisting detention after the incident.
According to authorities, the 13-year-old and Xavier Jackson were left alone inside a home at the Canterbury Woods Apartments in Cordova while their mothers went shopping. The older boy located his father’s gun and said he accidentally pulled the trigger, striking Jackson in the face.
The gun was left unsecured where the children had access to it, authorities said.
Hearing this story, Bridget Bradley one of the founders of Memphis Mother’s Against Violence has a message.
” It’s very heartbreaking and to know that all people have to do is this one simple thing, put a gunlock on your gun,” Bradley said. “Any police station, you go, ‘I need a gunlock.’ They give you these for free. You don’t have to pay anything for them. Go into the police station and get this gunlock.”
The grandmother to five says we it’s crucial to teach children not to touch or play with guns.
“There’s no excuse that you can’t lock up a gun. If you can lock your house up, you can lock your jewelry up, things that are precious to you, you can lock your gun up to keep it from killing something that’s supposed to be precious to you, your child!” Bradley said.
“We are the protectors of our children. If we don’t protect them who will?” Bradley said.
The 13-year-old’s case is being handled in juvenile court. Williams was also indicted for resisting arrest when officers say he didn’t cooperate at the initial crime scene.
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