Parents of boy who accidentally shot and killed friend will be prosecuted
The parents of an East Texas boy accused of accidentally shooting and killing another boy with a gun that had been left accessible to him at the family home will face criminal charges.
The Harrison County grand jury has recommended prosecution of Richard Brown, 33, and Rachel Brown, 37, on misdemeanor charges of endangering a child by allowing a firearm to be accessible to a minor. The grand jury decided against filing felony charges in the case.
Last June, 12-year old Will Lincoln of Hallsville was killed by a shotgun blast at the Browns' home near Marshall. Harrison sheriff's investigators said the Browns' son was handling the shotgun when it discharged.
Investigators said the Browns' 12-year old son, his younger brother and Will Lincoln were home alone when the shooting happened. There were several guns in the house that were not secured in a gun case, investigators said.
The Browns' son was arrested for negligent homicide. The case was handled in juvenile court, whose proceedings are confidential.