GREENSBORO — A 14-year-old boy shot his friend in the head earlier this year when he accidentally pressed the trigger of a gun, witnesses testified Friday at a hearing to determine if the boy should be tried as an adult.
Isaiah McCallum, 14, was shot Jan. 27 while he sat in the driver’s seat of a white Oldsmobile Cutlass in the parking lot of a child development center at Ray Warren Homes. He was with three friends.
The gun went off as the boys were getting out of the car, Christopher Floyd, 17, testified Friday. The boy who fired the gun, who was later charged with involuntary manslaughter, immediately started crying, Floyd said.
The boy’s attorneys argued that he should stay in the juvenile court system, which would allow a judge to send him to a group home, juvenile training school or wilderness camp.
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Thompson and McCallum’s mother, Shirley Burgess, said the boy should be tried as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime.
“He should be held accountable for what he did,” Burgess said.
Judge Susan Bray will make a decision Tuesday.
Interstate 85 southbound lane to close on Monday
GREENSBORO — The left southbound lane of Interstate 85 will be closed between N.C. 61 and Rock Creek Dairy Road from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday so that maintenance crews can work, according to N.C. Department of Transportation.
Sheriff’s deputies probe teen’s shooting by fiancé
ARCHDALE — A 17-year-old woman was shot in the stomach by her fiancé Thursday at 2244 McNeill Road. The shooting appears to be an accident, although Randolph County deputies are still investigating, according to the sheriff’s department.
The woman’s fiancée, David Brent Williams, told deputies that he was handing his small-caliber handgun to the woman when the gun fired, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office did not release the woman’s name or her condition.
UNCW student charged in
slaying, rape of woman
WILMINGTON — A UNC-Wilmington freshman was charged with rape and kidnapping in addition to first-degree murder in the death of a fellow student whose body was found in his dorm room.
Curtis Timothy Dixon of Charlotte was arrested on a murder charge Wednesday when Jessica Lee Faulkner’s body was found in his room. At his arraignment Thursday, prosecutors added charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping.
Dixon could be sentenced to death or to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. He did not enter a plea Thursday and was held without bond. Campus Police Chief David Donaldson and other officials refused to give any details of what authorities believe happened.
Faulkner, 18, from Cary, was an anthropology major who had signed up for a four-week archaeological excursion to Belize, according to Scott Simmons, an assistant professor of anthropology.
Both students lived in Cornerstone Hall.
— Staff and Wire Reports