Most people would probably agree that kids and teens are naturally curious creatures. Unfortunately, this natural urge can put some Texas teens in compromising situations where someone can get hurt. Recently, police arrested a teen on a felony charge for a situation that possibly arose out of curiosity.
Two teens, aged 16 and 17, were at the house of the younger of the two when the incident occurred. The younger teen lived with his grandparents, but officials say the elders were not around as the two boys examined a gun. While playing with it, it’s believed that the 16-year-old pulled the trigger on accident. His friend was struck in the head by a bullet.
Sadly, the older teen didn’t make it. While police were apparently unsure whether they were going to charge the teen for the shooting, they ultimately decided to arrest him for criminally negligent homicide. The origin of the gun is also being investigated, as its owner reported that it was stolen earlier in 2014.
Facing such serious charges at such a young age can be understandably terrifying and devastating. Minors in Texas have their entire futures laid ahead of them, although this teen’s plans could be derailed by the potentially serious consequences of a felony charge conviction. Both adults and minors facing charges such as this would likely benefit from a solid defense foundation based upon pertinent state and federal laws. By doing so, those accused may be better equipped to review all aspects of their case and evidence alongside their counsel before determining how best to proceed.
Source: thescoopblog.dallasnews.com, “Update: Arlington teen charged in friend’s shooting death”, Naheed Rajwani, Dec. 4, 2014