Skip to comments.Man kills girlfriend while showing her gun, charged with negligent homicide
Posted on 08/19/2008 9:00:18 AM PDT by WilliamReading
A 23-year-old man's attempt to show his girlfriend a pistol ended in tragedy Monday night when the gun fired, killing her, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Averyell Davis, 23, was shot in the abdomen after the handgun her boyfriend was handling went off, said sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato. Curtis C. Murray has been arrested and booked with one count of negligent homicide.
The couple were in the living room of their home in the 500 block of Behrman Highway in Gretna at about 10:15 p.m. when the gun discharged, Fortunato said. Authorities did not specify what caused the gun to fire.
Emergency responders arrived at the couple's home, where Davis' mother met them and told them that her daughter was shot inside the home.
In the living room, they found Davis lying on the floor with a wounded abdomen.
Responders transported her to Ochsner Medical Center, and on the way there, she told authorities that her boyfriend accidentally shot her, according to Fortunato.
Davis died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Lt. Don English, the homicide detective handling the case, later booked Murray with the criminal charge at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Even though the victim claimed it was an accident, "our investigation showed negligence on (Murray's) part, and that's why he was charged," Fortunato said.
Negligent homicide defendants can face up to 5 years in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both, according to state law.
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I don’t imagine I could get anyone to bet against alcohol being involved, could I?
Stand back, while I whip this out!
This is why there’s Rule 3 of gunhandling: ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction; never let the muzzle point at anything you are not willing to kill or destroy.
Shouldn’t we require all gun owners to pass a gun safety class?
If we have to pass a driving test to get a drivers license, why not one for owning a handgun or rifle?
To me it is only common sense. Of course others will use the “slippery slope” argument . . . “if they require us to take gun training, then they will take all of our guns away” . .. . That just doesn’t follow.
Why doesn’t the US Army just hand out M-16s to the soldiers and let them figure out for themselves how to shoot them? Why does the Army train and test the soldiers?
Will someone please explain to me how the gun magically fired (while he was, I guess standing away from it, you know it needs its space) and tragically killed his girlfried?
Nope, not unless you added a Glock clause in there somewhere...
Just another New Orleans Area Homicide.
Guns don't just fire.
Safe direction, off the trigger, unloaded.
for chrissake.... isn’t any thing EVER JUST an accident anymore???????
the kid was stupid but even the dead girl said it was an accident.
do they need to make it a crime and send it to jail?
I know this is serious folks, but really- think about the slippery slope- do you want ANYTHING you do (accidentally) to potentially LAND YOU IN JAIL
stub your toe? go to jail... that was silly, I know but... STUB YOUR CHILDS TOE because you don’t know they are standing behind the door... go to jail for child abuse?
I am being extreme, but not EVERYTHING requires criminal prosecution.
Bureaucracy gone amok
Maybe , just maybe, he didn’t know how to use the gun, because no one taught him how?
As more people have been killed by the pen than by the sword, we should require all writers, Internet or not, to take a safety course before being allowed to write or post to the Internet. I mean, ideas are more dangerous than bullets, so we should restrict them equally.
Now, I’ve *actually* had a writing safety class. Have you? If not, I’m sorry, you should not be permitted to post or write anything.
Hint to authorities ... it could have been a finger pulling the trigger.
Now don't go taking my word for it ... try it yourself.
Yeah... that guy was DEA or local cops, “fully trained”, and he STILL managed to shoot himself with it.
Keep the weapons stage 3 and under control.
Loaded or unloaded, never, NEVER point a gun at anyone unless you intend to kill them in defense of your own life or someone else’s.
>>the kid was stupid but even the dead girl said it was an accident.>>
The girl is dead because of his actions. Guns really don’t just go off by themselves. This must have involved huge doses of negligence. And stupidity.