A 13-year-old Memphis boy is facing murder charges for fatally shooting his sister in the head. He is the second child in his family to shoot a sibling.
The charges have been upgraded against the boy, who has also been charged with felony reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors stated in the affidavit released on Monday that the boy knew how to use a gun and had purposefully altered things about the scene of the April 21st killing before the rescue crew arrived.
According to police, 10-year-old Denii Compton dared her brother to fire the gun. She had survived the shooting and told police that it had been an accident.
She died three days later.
Two days after her burial, police upgraded the charges against 13-year-old boy. According to defense attorney Rob Gowen, he is one of a dozen siblings. One of the older brothers shot an older sister in the forehead 13 years ago.
A day after the charges were upgraded, prosecutors announced they had filed a notice of intent to seek transfer of the case from juvenile to adult court.
Gowen hopes the case will not be transferred.
“The parents are grieving," Gowen said after the court proceedings had ended. "They've lost their daughter. And now they're looking at losing a son to the court system."
Speaking to WREG, neighbor Linda Wooders agreed that the family is troubled.
“You know my heart goes out to the family. You know any time you lose a kid. And the son. He really need help. I think he has an illness inside his head,” Wooders said.
According to court officials, the teen has previously been arrested for shoplifting and assault.
No adults were home at the time of the shooting, police say, though they don’t know why the children were not in school. Their investigation continues.