Ind. prosecutor: Young murder suspect knew of guns

September 7, 2011 - 3:55 PM

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana prosecutor says a 12-year-old boy charged with murder knew exactly what he was doing when he pointed a rifle at the head of his 6-year-old brother and pulled the trigger.

A judge is weighing whether the boy is guilty of murder or reckless homicide charges in the June 30 shooting. The boy was 11 at the time. He's being charged as a juvenile but could face several years in detention if he's convicted.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega says the boy understood that the gun was deadly because two of his stepfathers had taught him about gun safety. Sonnega made the comments at the end of a two-day hearing.

Defense attorney John Boren calls the shooting a "tragic mistake."