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Teen charged with shooting neighbor

Posted on Tue, Nov. 15, 2005

Associated Press

UNION, S.C. - A Jonesville teenager has been charged with shooting and killing his neighbor with a hunting rifle.

Brandon Boyea, 17, of Jonesville was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter.

According to the arrest warrant, Boyea pointed a 30-30 Winchester rifle at Christopher Todd Austin, 27. The gun fired and the bullet hit Austin near his mouth and came out the back of his head.

Boyea told deputies that he, Austin and another teenager, who was not identified by police, were out on a logging road, talking when he picked up the gun and it went off.

"He handled the firearm in a criminally negligent manner, in such a reckless manner that it caused death," Union County Sheriff Howard Wells said.

When deputies arrived they found Austin on the ground with his feet propped up on a 4-wheeler as if he had fallen off the vehicle.

Information from: The Union Daily Times, http://www.uniondailytimes.com/

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