MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An 11-year-old central Indiana boy accused of murder in the death of his 6-year-old brother told investigators he didn't know a .22-caliber rifle was loaded when he pulled the trigger and shot the younger boy in the head.
The boy made the claim in videotaped questioning played Tuesday in the juvenile fact-finding hearing to determine if he is guilty of murder or reckless homicide in the June 30 death of Andrew Frye of Martinsville. The boys have different last names.
His former stepfather testified he had trained the older boy, now 12, how to handle guns safely, but not specifically on the bolt-action rifle used in the shooting.
Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega says the older boy's actions were at least reckless.