Posted on Tue, Nov. 15, 2005
UNION, S.C. - A Jonesville teenager has been charged with shooting
and killing his neighbor with a hunting rifle.
Brandon Boyea, 17, of Jonesville was charged Monday with
According to the arrest warrant, Boyea pointed a 30-30 Winchester
rifle at Christopher Todd Austin, 27. The gun fired and the bullet hit
Austin near his mouth and came out the back of his head.
Boyea told deputies that he, Austin and another teenager, who was
not identified by police, were out on a logging road, talking when he
picked up the gun and it went off.
"He handled the firearm in a criminally negligent manner, in such a
reckless manner that it caused death," Union County Sheriff Howard
When deputies arrived they found Austin on the ground with his feet
propped up on a 4-wheeler as if he had fallen off the vehicle.
Information from: The Union Daily Times, http://www.uniondailytimes.com/
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