Man pleads not guilty in boy’s accidental shooting death

DECATUR, Ill. – A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a 12-year-old central Illinois boy.

Twenty-year-old Avante M. Flesch of Decatur entered the plea Wednesday. The Decatur Herald & Review reports he’s being held at the Macon County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 bond.

Decatur police have said Flesch told investigators he was playing with a handgun when it accidently fired and fatally wounded Marqueius Gray on Nov. 12. He said he found the gun lying on a couch and removed its magazine before it accidentally discharged.

Authorities say the boy suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead while undergoing surgery at a hospital.
Information from: Herald & Review,

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