A 17-year-old boy suspected of accidentally shooting his friend in the face on Joint Base Lewis-McChord this fall was charged as an adult Monday with second-degree manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas Larkin ordered Adonis L. Brown, who pleaded not guilty, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
Alexander Demello, 13, was shot Oct. 20 as he, Brown and Demello’s older brother were walking in a wooded area of the base, court records show.
The victim’s brother said he heard a gunshot, looked back and saw his brother on the ground and Brown holding a gun, the records show. Demello died days later.
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Brown later told investigators he and the victim were passing the gun back and forth and that it discharged when Brown “fidgeted with it,” court records show.