A 16-year-old girl has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of another teen who was found Nov. 18 with a gunshot wound at an apartment in northern Winston-Salem, authorities said.

Police said Mekayla Monique Marsh, who lives in the apartment where the shooting took place, negligently fired the shot that killed William Charles Simons Jr. The slug pierced Simons’ femoral artery. Police said the shooting appeared to be accidental.

Marsh was charged on Friday with involuntary manslaughter. She was taken before a Forsyth County magistrate, who set her bond at $10,000 and set a court appearance for Dec. 3. Marsh was not in the Forsyth County Jail on bond Friday night.

On the day of the shooting, a Sunday, Marsh, Simons and several other people were inside the apartment in the 5000 block of Eltha Drive, police said.

Around 3:06 a.m., police said, Marsh negligently fired a handgun toward Simons, causing a gunshot wound to his upper leg.

Simons, 16, was taken to a hospital, where he died. Marsh remained at her home while medical personnel and law-enforcement officers responded to the scene of the shooting.

Police said they seized a .45-caliber handgun during their investigation.

Police said Marsh was in the 2000 block of Bethabara Road when she was taken into custody.

Simons, known as Will, was a student at North Forsyth High School. He was employed by KFC on Liberty Street. His funeral was on Nov. 23.

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