Thursday, June 11, 2009
Child’s death believed accidental
By SUE WATSON
A tragedy occurred on Humphrey Road mid-morning Tuesday. Nine-year-old A-Darrious Deonta Finley was found shot dead, face down in a bedroom in the house about 10 a.m., according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Dickerson said the child’s body, a 12-gauge shotgun and a spent casing will be sent to Jackson for forensics at the state crime lab.
“The victim appeared to have been shot once in the neck and chest area with the weapon that was found near the victim’s body,” he said.
Dickerson’s mood - somber - matched that of dozens of onlookers seeking shade in the noonday sun waiting word of what happened. Vehicles lined both sides of Humphrey Road, about a mile off South Red Banks Road, for a hundred yards or so with a narrow strip wide enough for single vehicles to pass.
Dickerson said he was told the victim’s stepbrother, De-Andre Finley, about 10 years old, reported the shooting to his father, Andre Finley. The father, who was reported to be out in the yard preparing to mow the grass, told authorities the children had been playing video games in the bedroom.
Dickerson said the father said the 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun was kept in a closet unloaded and that the deceased had been allowed to fire the gun outdoors under his father’s supervision in times past.
“I hope to clear up what happened,” Dickerson said.
He said the manner in which the shooting occurred, as initially reported by the stepbrother, did not match the physical evidence found at the scene.
Later in the afternoon, after further investigation, Sheriff Dickerson said the stepbrother told authorities his initial version of the incident was false. Instead, the deceased and the stepbrother were playing video games and the deceased became angry because he was losing the game, got the shotgun out of the closet and loaded it. The stepbrother made an effort to take the gun away from the deceased and the gun accidentally discharged, Dickerson said.
“We believe this version is true and consistent with the physical findings at the scene,” he said. “The shooting was an accidental discharge of the weapon.
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