Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Accidental Shooting Death of Houston 11-year-old by his Brother - Charges Possible

The Waller County District Attorney's office will likely recommend a grand jury investigation into the shooting at the family's home in Hockley, authorities said Tuesday. The two boys were playing with guns, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and a 20-gauge shotgun, unsupervised around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.

A shot from the 12-gauge struck the younger brother, 11, in the left shoulder.

The 11-year-old was taken to Tomball Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 12:26 p.m. The 12-year-old was released to his parents about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Waller County District Attorney's office has only received verbal reports and is still determining whether the parents could face charges. The decision will ultimately made by the grand jury.
I don't see the need for a Grand Jury Hearing to determine if a crime was committed. Whenever kids are left alone with access to guns, a crime had been committed - even in Texas.

Or am I wrong?

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. Should we just execute the parents without trial, Mikeb?

    To everyone else, see what happens when gun control advocates are willing to throw aside one Constitutionally protected right. Other rights are equally susceptible to being sacrificed for the ultimate goal of getting rid of guns.

  2. Of course not. We should remove all their guns and their kids, have a trial, and hold them responsible for both their children's safety and their firearms security.

    Since they appear to have failed at both, unless a trial shows up something different, they should lose both guns and child or remaining children. I suppose you can't prevent them from reproducing, but you can bar them from further firearms ownershp - and should.

    Given the apparent negligence, a little jail time wouldn't be amiss either.

    1. Ah, that reading skill and critical thinking that you brag about once again fails to roll into action, Dog Gone. Mikeb declared that a crime had been committed. Isn't that the sort of thing that a grand jury or prosecutor has to assert and a jury decide?

      What I see here is a general sloppiness in thinking. The opinion on your side is that guns are bad and any measure needed to remove them is good. You can't ask me to trust your intentions. When I read a comment like the one in the posting, I'm not going to give it the benefit of the doubt. It doesn't call for a trial. It asserts a foregone conclusion. Given the attitude of the authors of this blog, it's not a stretch for me to say that Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights are not valued here, in additon to those found in the Second.