Monday, February 23, 2015

Louisiana Man Arrested Immediately for Accidentally Killing 13-Year-old

FORBES_ADONIS.jpg Adonis Forbes of Baton Rouge was booked Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, on a charge of negligent homicide after police say that while "working on his handgun," Forbes shot 13-year-old Murrain Hawkins to death in an incident the Baton Rouge Police Department described as accidental. (Baton Rouge Parish Prison)

Local news reports

A 13-year-old boy is dead and a 25-year-old father is in custody after what Baton Rouge Police described as an accidental shooting Saturday (Feb. 21). 

Adonis Forbes had come to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes' children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was "working on his handgun" when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins. 

BRPD spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Forbes was attempting to render aid to Hawkins when EMS crews arrived. Officers found Hawkins around 9 p.m. with a gunshot to his abdomen. 
Paramedics transported the teenager to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Forbes was booked Saturday on a charge of negligent homicide, police said Sunday. 


  1. I wonder if this is the same Adonis Forbes that was in a gunfight two years ago,

    "The Baton Rouge Police Department investigated a shooting that occurred early Friday morning just outside of the LSU campus.
    Police say Adonis Forbes was shot on West Roosevelt near the Edward Gray Apartments.
    He told police that the man who shot him walked into a residence armed with a gun. The man started shooting at Forbes, who was also armed. Forbes ran when he saw the gun but managed to return fire while running."

    And apparently just six months ago, an East Baton Rouge man named Adonis Forbes was arrested on multiple charges to include distribution of schedule 1 drugs. Perhaps we'll discover more about him as time goes by, but it seems possible there might be some details yet to come to light that made this arrest unsurprising.

    1. I'm glad I didn't use the tag about dangerous lawful gun owners.

  2. I only wonder why this doesn't happen in many of the similar cases you post all the time.

    1. Peter, Mike often suggests there is a racial factor involved in these immediate arrests. I'm sort of surprised he left that out of this one.

    2. I'd like to hear from Mike about that allegation.

    3. "The 6 ways to ensure that you go to jail for an accidental shooting:
      1. do it in a residential area
      2. lie to the police
      3. hide evidence
      4. have neck tattoos
      5. have dred locks
      6. be black or Hispanic "

    4. Not sure I understand what you are saying SS. So Mike is wrong when he cites racism as a reason? So Mike is using reverse racism? Mike is a racist? I'd still like to hear from Mike on this, I'm not comfortable having you speak for him.

    5. "I'm not comfortable having you speak for him. "

      I never speak for Mike. I only cite what he has said in the past.

    6. It's hard to tell if race played a factor in this case because the guy was a criminal in possession. Even white guys get locked up immediately when they're felons. The "6 ways" that ss referenced are about lawful gun owners. Being a felon in possession of the gun makes all those other things superfluous.

    7. Is it racial, procedure, law, bias police training? It's probably a mixture of all of that. Remember the problem with cocaine. The law actually made a legal difference between crack cocaine and white powder cocaine. A difference without a distinction, as the saying goes, IMO. The result was 10 times more blacks being arrested, charged and getting longer sentences for basically the same drug crime. That also skewed the crime numbers showing blacks committed much more cocaine crimes than whites. I call that institutional racism, backed by the written law. I know for a fact there are racists in police departments, but that's a minority reason why some are considered more suspect than others. Profiling is an inexact science, but does have truth.