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Teen Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

November 19, 2003

LILLINGTON, N.C. -- A juvenile is now being charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 14-year-old Daniel Sheets last week.

District Attorney Tom Lock decided there was enough evidence to charge the 15-year-old boy in juvenile court. After the teen was served with a juvenile petition Wednesday, he was released to his parents.

Sheets died Nov. 11 after being shot in the woods of western Harnett County near the town of Broadway. He was hunting with the suspect and two other boys.

Detectives say the suspect's story changed several times after Sheets' body was found last Wednesday. The juvenile first told investigators he didn't know who shot Sheets. He then said he shot Sheets because he thought he was a deer. Later, the juvenile admitted that the accident occurred as a result of "horseplay" between himself and Sheets.

The boy is due in juvenile court Friday.

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