Teens sentenced in 14-year-old's 2012 accidental shooting death

Nicholas King
Published: .
Updated: .

An Indianapolis teenager pleaded guilty Friday in the accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old boy last October.

Kevin Edwards, 18, pleaded guilty to dangerous control of a firearm (a C felony) in the death of Nicolas King. Edwards was sentenced to four years executed in the Indiana Department of Correction.

The juvenile defendant in the case, Edwards' 15-year-old stepbrother, earlier admitted to reckless homicide and was committed for an indeterminate wardship to the Indiana Department of Correction.

Investigators determined that Edwards had brought a rifle home - which he legally bought himself - and allowed his 15-year-old stepbrother to handle it. Police believe Edwards and his stepbrother were trying to "scare" King when he knocked on the door one October night. The 15-year-old suspect pointed the weapon at King and pulled the trigger. The round struck King in the neck.

The 15-year-old told police he didn't know the gun was loaded.

Police told Eyewitness News two adults were inside the home at the time of the shooting. The adults told police they did not know there was a rifle in the home at the time.

Police confiscated a Romarm 7.62 rifle, which they found on the kitchen table. There was one live round in the weapon and officers also located the spent round.

Nicolas King moved to Franklin Township from Canada last year. He attended Franklin Township Middle School West.