Law enforcement urges firearm awareness as Martinsville boy faces murder charges

11-year-old is youngest to face murder charges in 90 years

Indianapolis, Ind.

The youngest person to face murder charges in Indiana in the past 90 years is scheduled to appear in a Morgan Co. courtroom Tuesday.

The 11-year-old is accused of shooting and killing his 6-year-old stepbrother.

He faces murder and reckless homicide charges following the shooting death of Andrew Frye on July 30.

Investigators say the boy was shot in the head with a .22-caliber gun.

The 11-year-old is expected to take the stand and explain to a judge what happened.

His mother and her boyfriend have also been charged with neglect in the case.

The shooting in Martinsville is one of several over the past couple of months.

In Connersville, a 2-year-old died after a gun went off while he was playing with his 5-year-old brother.  Also, in Clinton, Ind., an 11-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound while he was home playing with friends.

The Marion County Sheriff`s office expanded its gun lock program following this recent string of shootings involving children.

"Every time I see one of these tragedies I just shake my head, because the cure is right here," said Marion Co. Sheriff John Layton.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department has gun locks available for free, and most police and sheriff’s departments will give you free gun locks if you ask for them.  They are also available at Don's Guns on the northwest side of Indianapolis and Beach Grove Firearms Inc. on the southeast side.

Also, every Marion Co. sheriff`s deputy in a marked vehicle will have a supply of gun locks to distribute to anyone who wants one.

The Eagle Creek Pistol Range in Indianapolis is working to raise awareness and to prevent gun-related accidents involving children. Click here to contact them.


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