Houston — Teenage Boy Charged After Allegedly Shooting His Girlfriend
Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 5:25 am
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, a teenage boy was charged with criminally negligent homicide after he allegedly shot his 15-year-old girlfriend in a supposed gun accident at a house by Kimberly Glen and Postwood in the Spring area of Houston.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Javon Martin was allegedly playing with a rifle when he pointed it at his girlfriend, Makaila Simon, and fired once, hitting her in the chest. Simon died before she was brought to a hospital.
Martin was held on $10,000 bond after he appeared on Sunday afternoon in the Harris County Community Supervisions building for a probable cause hearing. After that, a bailiff escorted him out of the room.
At first, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said it was not clear whether the gunshot was accidental or not, but later in the day, prosecutors accepted charges after determining the shooting appeared accidental but reckless.
It is greatly terrible to hear about the death of Makaila Simon. Alas, she is not the first victim whose life is taken away by a shooting accident. With about 40% of Americans claiming that they own a gun or that they live in a household with one, being shot by a gun or any other form of firearm is alarmingly common in the U.S. In fact, statistics show that gun violence is considered a leading cause of death in America, with about 124,760 people shot every year (in murders, assaults, suicides/suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention) and from that number, about 35,141 die from gun violence and about 89,620 people survive from it.
Furthermore, the chance of dying from gun violence is reported to be about 50% more than the risk of dying while riding inside a vehicle, and it is also 10 times as high as dying from any force of nature, such as earthquake, hurricane, and the like. This can be interpreted as Americans more likely to die from gun violence than the combined risks of drowning, fire and smoke, stabbing, choking on food, airplane crashes, animal attacks, and natural disasters. Indeed, this is quite a terrifying picture.
Gun-related accidents are undeniably terrible for the victim and their respective families. So, if you are a victim of shooting/gun violence, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, lawyers, especially those who specialize in gun-related accidents, are always willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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