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Fatal shooting of teen is ruled accidental


Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly ruled yesterday that the fatal shooting of a teen-ager by his 14-year-old brother Jan. 11 was accidental and that no charges would be filed.

James Ashby, 13, was killed when a rifle held by his brother, Jerry Ashby Jr., discharged in the bedroom of their home in the 700 block of Craigs Corner Road.

Cassilly said the boys were home with an 18-year-old sister and her infant when they took one of the family's rifles from a gun cabinet. He said the older brother believed he had unloaded the rifle at the time it discharged, fatally striking the younger teen-ager.

After interviewing family members, Cassilly said no charges would be filed. "Right now, there's not any punishment anyone can devise that's worse than what this person is going through."

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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