A teen who was 17-years-old when police say he fatally shot a neighbor has been indicted for murder, court records state.
Jarrod Fleming, 18, initially told police that he and 22-year-old James Edwards Evans were playing with a pair of pistols at Evans’ 4656 Lamore St. home on April 24, 2010, when he accidentally pulled the trigger on the .45-caliber weapon, police said.
Columbus Police Detective Lance Deaton testified at Fleming’s Recorder’s Court hearing that the path of the bullet — through Evans’ right shoulder, across his chest and out his left shoulder — meant Fleming’s story couldn’t be correct.
Fleming later gave a different story, though police discarded it as well.
Evans left the apartment on his own and was taken to The Medical Center. Deaton said that prior to being transported to the hospital, Evans told his brother that Fleming had shot him and that the teen “plays too much.”
Authorities arrested Fleming at his sister’s house. He was hiding in a closet, Deaton said. By this time, Evans had died while in surgery.
When interviewed by investigators, members of Fleming’s family said Fleming told them he and Evans were both playing around with guns and that the shooting was an accident. They also told police that Fleming fled because he was scared.
Fleming was indicted on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.