Shooting was accident, teen murder suspect's lawyer says - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Carl Lewis, lawyer for Avondale teen charged with murder, says the gun accidentally went off while it was being put away.

Posted by Jennifer Edwards Baker on Monday, June 29, 2015

Shooting was accident, teen murder suspect's lawyer says

Shooting victim Treyvond Bedford (Cincinnati PD) Shooting victim Treyvond Bedford (Cincinnati PD)
Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate Catherine Kelley ruled that the teen must remain locked up without bond at the county juvenile jail for the time being. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate Catherine Kelley ruled that the teen must remain locked up without bond at the county juvenile jail for the time being. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
The teen cried in court. So did his father. The shooting was an accident, his lawyer says. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) The teen cried in court. So did his father. The shooting was an accident, his lawyer says. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) -

The lawyer for a 16-year-old boy charged with murder says the gun accidentally went off while being put away.

Carl Lewis said the teen is devastated and is so close to the victim, 19-year-old Treyvond Bedford, he  considered him a brother.

"This is extremely extremely difficult on the family," Lewis said. "The decedent was like a son to the family and a brother to the young man that has been charged. He is extremely emotional...the gun was being put away and accidentally went off."

The teen is accused of shooting Bedford inside his family's Irving Street home near Forest Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.  Bedford was pronounced dead at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The boy turned himself in to police by 8:30 p.m. Sunday. He briefly appeared before Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate Catherine Kelley Monday.

Hamilton County prosecutors told Kelley they want to try the boy on the murder charge as an adult. A hearing to decide that request will take place next month before Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon.

For now, the teen will remain locked up without bond at the county juvenile jail, the magistrate ruled.

The boy has eight previous misdemeanor convictions and is facing five new misdemeanor charges unrelated to the shooting: theft, unauthorized use of a  motor vehicle, driving without a license and two counts of truancy.

Both of his parents and his grandmother appeared in court. His father cried; so did the teen. A court worker handed the boy a tissue.

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