Teen And Mother Charged In Friend’s Shooting Death

June 10th, 2010 by

HOLLYWOOD (CBS4) ― A Hollywood teenager has been charged with one count of manslaughter in the shooting death of his 13-year-old friend. Jeff Dilworth could face up to 30 years in prison; police say he accidentally shot and killed Daniel Torres at the Dilworth home in April.

The manslaughter charge is a first-degree felony; Dilworth will face an adult court due to the severity of the crime. But his mother, Shari Edwards, is also being charged with culpable negligence; police say the gun used in the shooting belonged to her. She could face a maximum of five years in Florida State Prison.

“We had faith in the justice system that when they found all the evidence, they would bring charges,” says Torres’s cousin Aida Albarran.

Albarran says the charges bring some comfort to their family especially Torres’s mother.

“The mother has been taking it hard, some good days, some bad days but she is happy and that’s all she wanted justice for her son,” she says.

Dilworth told investigators he showed Torres his mom’s gun, then put it away. The alleged shooter said he was playing a video game when he saw Torres with the gun a short time later. He said Torres unloaded the bullets. According to a search warrant, Dilworth said he then picked up the gun and pulled the trigger.

He says he didn’t think the nine millimeter handgun was loaded.

A bullet was fired, which struck Torres in the forehead.

Torres family still struggles with his untimely death and say to this day neither Dilworth nor anyone from his family has reached out to Torres’s mother.

“At no time have they reached out to her, at no point in time have they shown any compassion, sympathy about the situation, nothing,” says Albarran.

Both suspects are expected to surrender to authorities in the near future.

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