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12-year-old Charged In Teen's Death in Greenville Co. Under House Arrest

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A 12-year-old charged in the death of a teenager in Greenville County appeared in court Monday morning. A 12-year-old charged in the death of a teenager in Greenville County appeared in court Monday morning.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A 12-year-old boy charged with shooting his teenage friend to death is out of the juvenile detention center and under house arrest.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office charged him with involuntary manslaughter on Friday, more than a week after 15-year-old Trayvon Dodd was found dead at a home on Woodleigh Drive.

Deputies say the 12-year-old was criminally negligent, but there is no evidence of malice at this time.

A judge decided Monday morning the boy should be under house arrest with electronic monitoring until his trial date.

The 12-year-old alternated between calm and stuttering as he talked to the 911 dispatcher on Sept. 11.

“He basically stated that he was sitting doing his homework, that he heard a shot, looked out, this person was lying on the ground in his backyard, and that he did not know who shot this individual,” said Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Detective Wayne Campbell.

Investigators found the body of 15-year-old Trayvon Dodd in the backyard covered in glass from where a door had shattered.

“The shot definitely came from inside of the house,” said Dodd.

They found a single cartridge casing in the home from the 9-mm glock wedged between a mattress and a box spring.

“Firearms are very difficult to get fingerprints from, especially a glock -- the way, the texture of the gun and the design of the gun,” said Campbell.

That’s why the investigator said his department swabbed for DNA instead of dusting for fingerprints.

The results of that test and a test of the defendant’s clothes and hands for gunshot residue won’t come back for weeks.

The judge is requiring all guns be removed from the home as a condition of the 12-year-old’s house arrest.

“It's the best outcome because it gives him the family support that he needs and he can assist me for preparing any defense,” said defense attorney Larry Crane.

But Jack Logan, an activist against teen gun violence, said Trayvon’s mother tells him that’s not strict enough.

“She’s very hurt, she’s very sad as a mother that she’s lost her son and she feels like nothing’s been done and nothing’s going to be done to this child,” said Logan.

With test results weeks away and no trial date set, it could be a while before she gets answers.

While the victim’s family cried in the courtroom, the defendant’s face was expressionless. Crane said the boy is shocked and bewildered. Campbell said the only time he’s seen the 12-year-old show emotion was when he was taken to the detention center.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, gun-related injuries accounted for more than 6,500 deaths of children and young people in 2010. That includes seven deaths a day. Gun injuries cause twice as many deaths as cancer.

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