A mentally disabled man from St. Louis has been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter after he accidentally shot his sister to death with a gun he thought was a toy. Marcus Anderson, 20, allegedly shot his sister, Alicia Anderson, 15, with a spray-painted shotgun Thursday. He was arraigned Friday and is currently in police custody.
Marcus told investigators he didn’t realize that the gold spray-painted 20-gauge shotgun he found hidden behind a dresser was real. The gun was the property of a family friend who had moved recently moved in with the Andersons.
After Marcus began playing around with the weapon, his sister told him “to stop playing around with the gun.” Marcus then pointed the firearm at his sister and allegedly shot her in the head.
In order to prove manslaughter, prosecutors must prove that criminal negligence is involved. Officials are saying that they may take Marcus’ mental disposition into consideration, The Daily Mail reported.
“It’s a heartbreaking case, no question about it,” said St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office spokesperson Susan Ryan. “These kinds of cases are the hardest when it comes to how prosecutors make charging decisions, but their job is to follow the evidence and the law.”
Marcus is being held on $20,000 bail.