DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Charges aren’t expected to be filed against a woman accused in her stepson’s accidental shooting death, police in northern Alabama said Tuesday.
Cynthia Bowman told Decatur police that she was holding a pistol that had been having mechanical problems when it fired without the trigger being pulled early Monday morning, Decatur police Lt. John Crouch told local media outlets. Witnesses gave the same account of the incident, he said.
Bowman told the Decatur Daily that Kedrick Bowman, 17, was giving her a hug when the gun misfired and that she and her husband want to speak openly about the incident to curb speculation surrounding what happened.
“This is the worst thing that a parent can go through right here,” the teen’s father, Dale Bowman, told the Decatur Daily.
The Bowmans said they called police months ago when the gun discharged while it was lying on a bedroom dresser. The couple told the newspaper that they returned the gun to the store they bought it from and were given it back after the magazine was replaced.
Cynthia Bowman said she was carrying the gun from the car to her house when it discharged into the yard before the shooting on Monday. Kedrick asked her what the popping sound was before he wrapped his arms around her, the Decatur Daily quoted Bowman as saying.
“He would always hug me when I came in. I should have put it down. It just happened so fast,” she said. The gun has been sent to a forensic lab for testing.
The teen was wounded in the back of his head, police have said. He was kept on life support at Huntsville Hospital so that his organs could be donated.
“His death saved eight lives today,” Dale Bowman said.
Bowman was a junior at Decatur High School and played for the football team. School officials have said grief counselors have been asked to visit campus to meet with students. School administrators, relatives and Bowman’s former teammates say they’ll remember the teen as a positive and well-liked young man.
Schools superintendent, Ed Nichols, told the Decatur Daily that Bowman’s former teammates have been asked to serve as pallbearers at his funeral.
Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml