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Accidental Shooting Death of Houston 11-year-old by His Brother - Charges Possible

Posted on the 01 August 2012 by Mikeb302000
Chron.com reports

The Waller County District Attorney's office will likely recommend a grand jury investigation into the shooting at the family's home in Hockley, authorities said Tuesday. The two boys were playing with guns, a 12-gauge pump shotgun and a 20-gauge shotgun, unsupervised around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday.
A shot from the 12-gauge struck the younger brother, 11, in the left shoulder.

The 11-year-old was taken to Tomball Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 12:26 p.m. The 12-year-old was released to his parents about 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Waller County District Attorney's office has only received verbal reports and is still determining whether the parents could face charges. The decision will ultimately made by the grand jury.
I don't see the need for a Grand Jury Hearing to determine if a crime was committed. Whenever kids are left alone with access to guns, a crime had been committed - even in Texas.
Or am I wrong?
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