A district Court of Appeals has ruled that Kitsap County prosecutors can continue their case against a man accused of providing access to a gun to his then-girlfriend’s 9-year-old son, who then brought the weapon to school.
The gun accidentally went off at the school in February 2012 as the boy reached into the backpack, critically injuring fellow student Amina Kocer-Bowman.
The boy told investigators he had taken the gun off a dresser at the man’s home. He said there were other unsecured firearms in the Allyn home of Douglas Bauer, a statement police confirmed during a search of the home.
Bauer is charged with third-degree assault in the shooting. Defense attorney Wayne Fricke has argued that the case shouldn’t proceed, because Bauer did nothing to cause the assault.The Associated Press